Arizona nursing student suspended as ‘bigot’ for requesting class in English

(THE WASHINGTON TIMES)   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.”


8 Responses to Arizona nursing student suspended as ‘bigot’ for requesting class in English

  • Going from one language to another can be painful for anyone. It is laudable that this instructor was attempting to conduct his nursing class in both Spanish and English, but I can see how that would be very distracting to anyone who does not understand both languages. Nursing courses can be demanding enough, without the added hurdle of having to learn a new language in order to understand what they are talking about, and generally medicalese is difficult enough to learn, for most nursing students.

    Many nurses are finding that they need to be able to communicate in Spanish, when working in hospitals, as we have many, many immigrants from Latin America. However, no matter how you slice it, calling the student who complained bigoted falls in the category of name calling, and the school had no business doing that whatsoever.

  • Honestly, the best thing would be for the class to be conducted entirely in English, for the benefit of the immigrants and all students.

    When the students start working with English speaking patients, and must deal with regulations, doctors, and administrators (some of whom may be immigrants) who do not speak Spanish,

    then a strong and clear grasp of the English language will be absolutely necessary.

    The school is doing no favors to those students by teaching the classes in Spanish or translating portions thereof.

  • "The college nursing program director, David Kutzler"
    Whether it’s the SPLC run by Michael Cohen, Morris Seligman Dees or Mark Potok, or the ADL run by Abe Foxman or the ACLU, we can be certain that these Jews will work in harmony to undermine our culture, language & borders while reinforcing the borders of their beloved Israel.

  • I can see that bilingual primary education program has worked out real well over the decades.

  • I was born in mexico, had the honor of being raised in this country, both parents are mainly spanish speakers, and yet i find what the school did to this young lady was totally out of hand this smells of absalute revirse discrimination, she needs to consult with an attorney.

  • Those students should learn to speak English before taking a class that is taught in English. Sue the #)*)& out of the school and the teacher.

    It’s ridiculous that now it has to be stated that reading/writing English is a prerequisite for the class.

  • A people that speaks many languages is easier to divide and conquer for the wall street elite.

    The thing that makes me sick is all the republicons who complain that our culture is being destroyed but then don’t have the spine to stand up to big corporations who are obviously the ones promoting this folly in order to undermine organized labor.

    When your culture is defined by profit, the citizens get stomped on.

  • If state law requires that courses be taught in English, a civil trial should be open and shut. I hope this woman is able to get Kutzler fired.

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