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High court tosses ruling on interviewing children

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is throwing out a lower court ruling that says authorities need warrants to talk to potential victims of sex abuse at school. But the court didn’t say whether it thinks the lower court was wrong.

The high court on Thursday tossed the decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for other reasons. Justices declined to comment on the constitutionality of a child social worker and police officer interviewing a child in school without a warrant.

Justice Elena Kagan said the girl whose mother sued over her interview at school is no longer a child and wouldn’t have any more involvement with child social workers, so the case is moot. The justices say that makes the appeals court decision disapproving of the authorities’ action also moot.