Raven-Symoné will not be silenced.
Despite heavy backlash against her earlier comments about the recent student arrest in Spring Valley High School, the talk show host continued to put in her two cents on the incident during the October 29 episode of The View.
— E! Online (@eonline) October 29, 2015
Symoné had previously weighed in on a viral video that featured a female African-American student from Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina being forcibly removed from her seat and dragged across the classroom floor by a police officer in full view of her teacher and classmates. The police officer had been summoned by the teacher because the student would not get off her cell phone during class.
The video became one of the topics of the show’s After the View segment, in which Symoné defended the actions of the police officer by implying that the student should have followed the rules in the first place.
“The girl was told multiple times to get off the phone,” said Symoné. “There’s no right or reason for him to be doing this type of harm — that’s ridiculous — but at the same time, you gotta follow the rules in school.”
Symoné received an outpouring of negative reactions on social media after the show aired, although she did not make any mention of it during the October 29 episode of the show. The hosts continued discussing the incident after discovering that the police officer in question had been fired.
Seemingly unfazed by the criticism, Symoné actively participated in the discussion. “There’s an issue with police officers in predominantly minority type of schools taking kids for disorderly conduct right to prison,” Symoné noted. “That is a problem. You’re not even asking and figuring it out. That is a problem.”
Raven-Symoné is not one to hold back on her opinions, especially regarding controversial topics. Earlier this month, the former That’s So Raven star earned criticism yet again for admitting to be “discriminatory” and unwilling to hire candidates with “ghetto” names if she were an employer looking to hire.