Raven-Symone is causing controversy for The View once again, as she appeared to sympathize with the officer in the Spring Valley High School assault. South Carolina Deputy Ben Fields has since been fired from his job for the way he removed a student–who wouldn’t get off her cell phone–from a classroom at the school.
Footage of Fields’ removal of said student shows him flipping her desk over and dragging her across the floor. It has since gone viral.
“The girl was told multiple times to get off her phone,” Raven-Symone said during the show’s roundtable discussion, adding, “There was no reason for him to be doing this type of harm. It’s ridiculous, but at the same time you’ve got to follow the rules in school.”
— BET (@BET) October 28, 2015
Co-host Michelle Collins completely disagreed with the That’s So Raven star.
“You cannot lay a hand on a student,” she said.
“He was actually sued for false arrest, excessive force and battery in 2007 after a couple accused him of manhandling them,” Raven-Symone said, yet she continued sympathizing with Fields. “He has a record and he’s still hired, but at the same time, get off your phone.”
Twitter lit up in a furious firestorm of anti-Raven-Symone Tweets.
hey @ravensymone do us all a favor and stop sharing your opinion. youre making the black race look bad
— 1-800-BEHAPPY (@meechonmars) October 28, 2015
— Dish Nation (@DishNation) October 28, 2015
Every time Raven Symone is trending, it's because she said something ignorant.
— Jon Pfingsten (@AHYJon) October 28, 2015
Raven Symone doesn't want to defend Herod, Pilate and the Pharisees, she just thinks Jesus should've followed the rules.
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) October 28, 2015
Raven Symone you do not think before you say certain things smh. Just to think I was a fan of "that so Raven"
— Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas) October 28, 2015
What’s your take on Raven-Symone’s support of the officer in the Spring Valley High School assault? Does she say these things simply to stir up controversy? Or is she really as clueless as she seems?