A University of Hartford student is accused of tormenting her college roommate for weeks—even going so far as to rub bloody tampons all over her backpack.
The Hartford Courant reported that Brianna Rae Brochu, who is white, is facing a hate crime for the alleged ongoing harassment of Jazzy Rowe, her black roommate.
In a video posted to Facebook, Rowe claimed that Brochu, 18, went online to brag about the alleged acts she committed after Rowe said she was moving out.
Rowe noted that she was having throat pain for the month she lived with Brochu. After announcing that she was changing rooms on October 17, Rowe recalled seeing Brochu texting on her phone. Minutes later, two resident assistants alerted her to some unsettling claims Brochu made on social media.
“Finally did it yo girl got rid of her roommate!,” Brochu allegedly boasted on Instagram, according to the Miami Herald.
“After 1 1/2 months of spitting in her coconut oil, putting moldy clam dip in her lotions, rubbing used tampons on her backpack, putting her toothbrush where the sun doesn’t shine and so much more I can finally say goodbye to Jamaican Barbie.”
— ? ArtsyBamaGirl (@BamaIntrovert) November 1, 2017
Rowe claimed that she noticed her bag, that she keeps near her bed, was bloodstained. She said that the school’s Public Safety unit took the bag as it posed a health hazard.
Brochu was arrested on Saturday after reportedly admitting to police that she put her bodily fluids on Rowe’s backpack and licked her utensils. Authorities announced Wednesday that they’re adding an intimidation based on bigotry or bias charge to Brochu’s breach of peace and criminal mischief case, the Courant reported.
In the video, Rowe expressed frustration with university officials for telling her that she would be removed from student housing if she spoke about the situation. Calling attention to a race dynamic, Rowe said she was also distressed that it took so long for Brochu to be punished.
“If the race roles were reversed, I feel like this would have gone down a different route,” she said in the hourlong video.
However, the University of Hartford announced Wednesday that Brochu is no longer a student at the college.
“As of this morning, Brianna Brochu is no longer a student at the University of Hartford,” said the school’s president, Gregory S. Woodward. “She will not be returning to the institution.”
— U of Hartford Alumni (@UHartfordAlumni) November 1, 2017
Brochu is scheduled to appear in court on November 15.
[Featured Image: West Hartford Police Department]