- The Washington Times - Monday, July 22, 2013

A nursing student attending Pima Community College in Arizona was suspended from class and subjected to accusations of bigotry when she asked that the course she paid for be conducted in English.

The student, Terri Bennett, 50, initially complained in April to school officials because she said the Spanish-dominated discussions in her class room were preventing her from learning, Townhall reported. The college nursing program director, David Kutzler, then allegedly called her “a bigot” and an expletive, and suspended her.

The student, in response, filed a lawsuit, claiming the college wrongfully suspended her. She also reiterated in her court documents that the reason for her request was because so many of her classmates were speaking Spanish — and that there was so much translation of the teacher’s lesson plans, from English to Spanish — that her education was suffering, Townhall said.

At one point, Ms. Bennett met with school officials to try and resolve the issue. But in that meeting, a staffer allegedly told her she would “not get a job” because of her discriminatory accusations and that they suggested she might “seek counseling,” she said, Townhall reported.

The report didn’t detail the date Ms. Bennett filed the suit. But as Townhall reported, the state Constitution states: ” … schools shall always be conducted in English.”

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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