A nursing student from Arizona has filed a lawsuit against her college after being suspended for reqiuesting that her classes were taught in English. Terri Bennett filed the suit against Pima Community College and claims she was labeled as a “bigot and a bitch” by the school’s nursing director when she complained about her classes being taught in Spanish. She has alleged that the community college created a “learning environment [that] was hostile to her as an English-language speaker.”
Bennett said that when students were broken up into groups for class projects, they often spoke primarily in Spanish because she was the only first-language English speaker. She also claims that after requesting on an anonymous form that “there were no Spanish in the classroom,” her instructors began using Spanish even more frequently. After filing a formal complaint with David Kuzler, the director of the school’s nursing program, he accused her of “discriminating against Mexican-Americans” before calling her a series of insulting names.
The case is expected to go to trial next month. Pima Community College also has the infamous reputation of being the campus where Jared Lee Loughner took classes before his shooting rampage. He was suspended from the university in 2010 due to his bizarre behavior and outbursts during classes. Loughner pleaded guilty in August 2012 to 19 charges of murder and attempted murder in connection with his mass shooting near Tucson, Arizona. He is currently serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
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