Lawsuit: Arizona college suspended student because she wanted English-only classes
Posted By Eric Owens On 8:42 AM 07/19/2013 In Education
A nursing student at Pima Community College (PCC) has filed a lawsuit claiming that she was illegally suspended after she complained that her classmates were speaking in Spanish and orally translating English to Spanish so excessively that she was failing to learn.
In early April, the student, Terri Bennett, formally requested a rule limiting classroom discussion to English. Nursing program director David Kutzler allegedly responded by called her a “bigot and a bitch,” reports Courthouse News Service.
Kutzler allegedly charged that Bennett was “discriminating against Mexican-Americans” and threatened to report her complaint as a violation of the school’s policies against discriminatory behavior and harassment.
“You do not want to go down that road,” he said, according to the filing.
Bennett, 50, recalls leaving the meeting in distress and in tears.
Another figure on the plaintiff’s side is Phil Kent, an Atlanta-based activist who is very hostile to illegal immigration. He is a spokesman for a lobbying group called ProEnglish, which wants to make English the sole official language of the United States and which is providing seed money for the lawsuit, reports TucsonSentinel.com.
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