What about when acting upon reports that the student is being abused, or his/her safety is threatened? The decision in Greene v. Camreta presented school district and site leaders throughout the state with questions on how best to conduct legal, yet timely and reliable, student searches and interviews. Can you conduct them on campus? Must/can law enforcement officials, government representatives and site administrators be involved? To what extent can exigent circumstances be applied to student interviews? Are school officials responsible if the claims were exaggerated or dishonest?
Lenore Silverman, current president of the California Counsel of School Attorneys and partner with Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost LLP provided analysis of Greene v. Camreta and practical student interview methods to help limit district employee's vulnerability in these situations.