English-Speaker Sues College Over Spanish Use in Classroom

A nursing student has filed a lawsuit against an Arizona community college over allegations that she was suspended for asking Spanish-speaking peers to speak English in class. According to Huffington Post Latino Voices, Anglo nursing student Terri Bennett alleges that Pima Community College violated Arizona’s state constitution.

Her lawsuit, backed by advocacy group ProEnglish, stems from issues dating back to 2012, when a student sat in the row in front of Bennett during one of her courses allegedly spoke primarily in Spanish.

According to Bennett’s complaint, “This other student constantly talked during the class and disrupted the class.” The issue began to grow when instructors placed Bennett into study groups, in which she was the only person who spoke English as a first language.