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Fifty-year-old student Terri Bennett is suing Pima Community College (PCC) in Pima County, Arizona for allegedly labeling her a “bigot” and suspending her from school for asking if her nursing studies curriculum could be taught in English to make it easier to learn.

According Bennett’s 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.”

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