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Former APS employee files lawsuit against district, wife of Lobo hoops coach

Updated: 11/26/2013 9:03 PM | Created: 11/26/2013 6:50 PM
By: Maria Guerrero, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The wife of Lobo head basketball coach Craig Neal could soon be heading to court.

Janet Neal is accused of letting her temper flare and getting physical with a school leader.

Now that school employee is suing Neal and APS.

The district attorney's office is still reviewing the case.

Felony battery charges could still be coming for Janet Neal.

The six page district court lawsuit has been filed.

In it, former El Dorado High School assistant principal Susana Stanojevic claims the APS school board violated policy and retaliated against her.

The lawsuit is also against Janet Neal.

It says Neal was upset after a boys basketball game in late February between Sandia High and El Dorado High were Neal's son played basketball.

The lawsuit claims Neal took out her anger on Stanojevic because Stanojevic had previously told the school's principal Neal was a hot head.

Neal allegedly grabbed Stanojevic by her arm and physically jerked her around.

It also alleges APS knew Neal had a propensity for "angry outbursts at games" and did nothing.         

APS Superintendent Winston Brooks tells us action was taken against Neal – and that she was required to sit with an APS police officer at a subsequent game.

Stanojevic wants to be compensated for injury and losses as well as "emotional distress."

Neal's attorney says Neal "denies all allegations and is prepared to go to court."

APS says it doesn't comment on pending litigation.

Janet Neal is accused of letting her temper flare and getting physical with a school leader.

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