Arizona Nursing Student Sues After Being Suspended for Requesting Instruction in ENGLISH

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by Brian Hayes | Top Right News

As if it isnt enough we have to battle BOTH parties to keep tens of millions of illegal invaders from being handed amnesty, we also have to fight just to maintain our common language. And as with the La Raza Studies battle in Tucson, Arizona is once again the battlefield.

An Arizona college is being sued for labeling a student a bigot and punishing her with a long-term suspension after she requested that English be used in her nursing studies class so she could learn the subject.

The action was filed against Pima Community College on behalf of student Terri Bennett, who alleged that school officials created a learning environment [that] was hostile to her as an English-language speaker.

The case will proceed to trial in March.

According Bennetts legal complaint, she started nursing classes at PCC in January 2013. During classroom hours, she and her fellow students were divided up into smaller groups, and she was the only first-language English speaker in her group. The other students in her group spoke primarily in Spanish.

The students were asked to fill out class evaluations in March and were told their answers would remain anonymous. Thus, Bennett indicated on her evaluation she would prefer there were no Spanish in the classroom.

During another class, Bennett stated shortly after turning in her evaluation, Spanish was used so heavily in the classroom that she said she could not concentrate. By April 3, Bennett claimed her learning environment was so challenging that she followed PCC procedures and requested an interview with the Director of the Nursing Program.

Bennetts complaint alleges that, after she told nursing director David Kutzler of her struggles, he accused her of discriminating against Mexican-Americans and of being a bigot and a bitch.

The next day, April 4, Bennett was summoned to a broader meeting of PCC staff where she was allegedly told she was discriminating and that she would not get a job even if she finished her degree. Kutzler allegedly took part in this meeting as well, confronting Bennett with her anonymous class evaluation.

On April 15, Bennett was given a routine progress report in which she was accused of having ineffective communication skills. On April 22, security personnel were waiting for her when she arrived at school; she was suspended and reportedly instructed to leave campus immediately.

Then on Monday morning, April 22, 2013, Ms. Bennett arrived on campus. … She immediately noticed Mr. Kutzler running from his car into the Nursing Office building. She also noticed there were several law enforcement vehicles in the parking lot. … As Ms. Bennett entered the building, she was approached by a man who identified himself as head of PCC security, and who requested whether she was Terri Bennett and requested her to show her identity card, which Ms. Bennett did. … Ms. Bennett was given a sealed envelope, informed that she was immediately suspended from PCC, and instructed to leave campus immediately. … Upon information and belief, a police vehicle followed her to the freeway. Mr. Kutzler sent an email to PCC staff advising them that they were not allowed to talk to Ms. Bennett.

She was given a letter saying her suspension was based on charges that her presence on College property [posed] a significant risk of disruption of educational activities and that she engaged in discriminatory conduct, among other charges.

Arizonas constitution is crystal clear on this matter, and the school violated it:

Article 28 of Arizonas state constitution establishes English as the official language of the state.

Section 3 states: A person shall not be discriminated against or penalized in any way because the person uses or attempts to use English in public or private.

You can let the Pima administration know how you feel about these disgraceful actions at the following contacts:

Lee D. Lambert, Chancellor: (520) 206-4747
Or Email at: infocenter@pima.edu

UPDATE: David Kutzler has responded to these allegations. You can read his response in its entirety HERE.

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