Prince George's County Schools defends principal accused of harassing staff

Largo High School principal Angelique Simpson-Marcus. (Photo: PGCPS)

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — The Prince George's County school board will go to court to defend a high school principal against allegations that she bullied and belittled her teachers and staff.

Former Largo High School employees have alleged Principal Angelique Simpson-Marcus routinely made inappropriate comments to teachers and staff.

The allegations have resulted in multiple lawsuits. Last month a jury awarded former English teacher, Jon Everhart, $350,000 after he filed a discrimination lawsuit accusing Simpson-Marcus of telling other staff not to associate with him because he is white.

Former employees filed a joint lawsuit in 2010. Among the allegations was that Simpson-Marcus would call secretaries by names including "hood rat" and "chicken head." She is also accused of discriminating against employees based on race.

Simpson-Marcus has denied the allegations.

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