Police want to add a bigotry charge Wednesday to a white student at the University of Hartford who allegedly smeared bodily fluids on her black roommate’s belongings.
West Hartford Police want to add a bigotry charge to Brianna Brochu, 18, who was charged over the weekend for smearing bodily fluids on roommate Chennel Rowe’s belongings, reported ABC11. Brochu was barred from campus and ordered to stay away from her Rowe; a judge ordered during a court appearance Wednesday.
Brochu was originally charged Saturday with misdemeanor criminal mischief and breach of peace. Brochu told police that she put her bodily fluids on her Rowe’s backpack and licked her roommate’s plate, fork, and spoon due to her supposedly rude behavior. According to Brochu, Rowe posted Snapchat videos making fun of her snoring which is why she lashed out in a “hostile environment,” reported the Hartford Courant.
Rowe allegedly first found out of the information from social media postings and she believes it is the cause of recent throat pains.
In an Instagram post which Brochu denies, Brochu allegedly wrote, “Finally did it yo girl got rid of her roommate!! After 1 month of spitting in her coconut oil, putting moldy clam dip in her lotions… putting her toothbrush places where the sun doesn’t shine, and so much more I can finally say goodbye Jamaican Barbie.”
The University of Hartford President Greg Woodward responded to Brochu’s actions.
“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,” he said in a statement to campus.
Rowe’s room was changed two weeks ago and Brochu will not be returning to campus.
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