GRAND RAPIDS — A federal appeals court has ruled that a South Haven police officer made the right decision when she took a student to a hospital for a mental evaluation, rather than wait for her father to do so.

The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision, rendered on May 14, reverses a 2017 district court decision that Officer Shawn Olney violated the father and daughter’s constitutional rights when she brought the seventh-grader to South Haven Hospital in 2016 to be evaluated after expressing thoughts of suicide.