CAPE ELIZABETH (WGME) – The ACLU of Maine argued in court that Cape Elizabeth High School should not have suspended a student over a Post-it Note.
Sophomore Aela Mansmann was suspended for three days after putting up a note in a bathroom that said, “There’s a rapist in our school and you know who it is.”
A lawyer for the school said the note was disruptive to the school and didn’t serve a political purpose.
They also said if Mansmann knew there was a rapist in the school she should have told an adult and not caused a disruption.
The ACLU claimed punishing Mansmann for speaking out about sexual assault could prevent other victims from coming forward.
“What we really thought here was the school was handling a difficult issue. Sexual assault is pervasive in all of our communities. And when we have difficult issues, the best solution is to have more conversation and help the school do better in the future,” said Alison Beyea, executive director of the ACLU of Maine.
The judge said he is going to make a decision soon.