Ohio v. Clark, 135 S.Ct. 2173 (2015), 83 USLW 4484

Mandated child abuse and neglect reporting

Individual Board Member Interests
Case: Ohio v. Clark, 135 S.Ct. 2173 (2015), 83 USLW 4484
Date: Thursday, June 18, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 9-0 that the school officials in this case should not be viewed as law enforcement agents, and the statements made by a young child to the teachers were not given with the “primary purpose of creating an out-of-court substitute for trial testimony.” This decision is important to school officials because the Court recognized that school teachers who ask their students questions about suspected child abuse are not acting as law enforcement officers but instead fulfilling their mandated state duties to keep children safe.