When a Prince George’s County high school launched an anti-bullying campaign four years ago, students pledged to support anyone being harassed, to report instances of bullying and to treat others with respect.
But former Largo High School employees allege that while the students were learning how to create a friendly environment, one of the worst bullies was the school’s principal.
In interviews and in legal actions filed against Principal Angelique Simpson-Marcus, the former employees said that Simpson-Marcus routinely belittled and berated staff, derided teachers and secretaries and made inappropriate comments about white teachers. Simpson-Marcus, who is black, continues to run the 1,100-student school in Upper Marlboro.
The Board of Education defends Simpson-Marcus as an effective school leader, a school system spokeswoman said.