A white college freshman from the University of Hartford is now facing criminal charges after she allegedly bragged about harassing her black roommate until she moved out.
The accusations led to the expulsion of the white student, Brianna Brochu, 18, according to People. She appeared in court on Wednesday following her Saturday arrest. While in court, she did not comment, and it is unclear who her attorney is. Brochu was ordered to stay off the University of Hartford campus and to not contact her former roommate Chennel “Jazzy” Rowe, reported the Hartford Courant.
Police said that Brochu already allegedly admitted to licking Rowe’s dining utensils and to smearing “bodily fluid” on Rowe’s backpack with a tampon, according to the Courant. According to a police report, Brochu said she was responding to “a ‘hostile environment’ caused by [the victim’s] rude behavior, not compromising and posting Snapchat videos of me sleeping and making fun of me snoring.”
On Wednesday, police said they are requesting Brochu be charged with intimidation based on bigotry or bias, which is a felony, the New York Times reports.
Earlier this week Rowe posted a video, which has since gone viral, that described the allegations. She said that while living with Brochu, she experienced throat pain and was told by a doctor that it was due to “some type of bad bacteria.” She believes it may have been caused by Brochu.
As soon as Rowe told Brochu she was moving out, Rowe allegedly immediately wrote a celebratory Instagram post, according to the The Miami Herald.
“Finally did it yo girl got rid of her roommate!!” stated a now-deleted Instagram post allegedly authored by Brochu. Rowe showed an image of it in her video. “After 1 1/2 month[s] of spitting in her coconut oil, putting moldy clam dip in her lotions, rubbing used tampons [on] her backpack, putting her toothbrush places where the sun doesn’t shine, and so much more I can finally say goodbye Jamaican Barbie.”
In a Facebook post Rowe stated, “As a young African American woman I don’t want to become another statistic. When it comes to college incidents/crimes and racial cases justice needs to be served.”
Rowe received a lot of support.
In response to the allegations, "Grey’s Anatomy" and "Scandal" showrunner Shonda Rhimes tweeted, “That this type of ignorant hate can flourish in 2017 tests my faith in humanity.”
University of Hartford President Greg Woodward called the allegations deeply disturbing in a statement.
“It is clear there is work to be done at our University to be sure that all students feel safe, respected and valued. The conversations that began with student groups, faculty and staff yesterday are going to continue and involve our full community. [...] The incident has brought about accusations of racism, and I want you to know that I hear and share your anger and frustration. Acts of racism, bias, bullying, or other abusive behaviors will not be tolerated on this campus.”
[Photos: West Hartford Police, Facebook]