Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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

Absolutely amazing! "Arizona’s constitution is crystal clear on this matter, and the school violated it:                

Article 28 of Arizona’s 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.'"


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.

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