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8 million lawsuit filed against former Upper Marlboro principal The former principal of an Upper Marlboro school has been accused in a civil lawsuit of violating federal disability regulations during an alleged confrontation with a parent last fall. Adrian and Lillie Featherstone, of Upper Marlboro, have filed a $3.8 million lawsuit against Glenda Clay, former principal of Melwood Elementary School alleging that Clay pulled the couple's two children by their necks and screamed at the Adrian Featherstone to "shut up" even though she knew the man is deaf. The lawsuit against Clay was filed Aug. 24 in Prince George's County Circuit Court in Upper Marlboro. Clay and the school system are accused of assault, gross negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress. According to the lawsuit, Clay disregarded guidelines included in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) during the Nov. 15 incident. Attorney Terry Bell, who represents the county Board of Education, could not be reached Wednesday. Attorney Joel DuBoff, who represents the Featherstones, was also unavailable Wednesday. The incident occurred when Adrian Featherstone attempted to pick up his two children from school Nov. 15. The students were reportedly being dismissed one by one, but several parents began taking their children on their own. When Adrian Featherstone attempted to pick up his two kids, the lawsuit states, Clay grabbed the children by their necks to prevent them from leaving. "Mrs. Clay then verbally threatened Mr. Featherstone and adopted a confrontational stance as she continued to scream at (Mr. Featherstone)," the lawsuit states, "at the same time detaining (Featherstone's children) through the use of brute force, although she was well aware that Mr. Featherstone was deaf and could not hear her." The lawsuit alleges assault and battery against the two children and with violations of Adrian Featherstone's rights "by aggressively and violently treating him as a hearing person and making no accommodation for his disability." According to Doris Reed, a union official who represented Clay, assault charges related to the Nov. 15 incident were thrown out by county prosecutors. Clay was the subject of several complaints last year by a group of parents and teachers who criticized her management style. They said Clay treated people rudely and did not communicate efficiently with others. Several teachers termed Clay's management style as "a dictatorship," and critics of the principal even staged protests outside the Woodyard Road school.