A University of Hartford student went to devious ends to get her Black roommate to move out.
18-year-old Briana Brochu has been charged with criminal mischief after bragging about the sneaky and disturbing bullying tactics she used to push Chennel Rowe to leave their dorm room.
“After one and a half months 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 to Jamaican Barbie,” Brochu, a freshman, wrote in an Oct. 17 Instagram post which has since been deleted.
On Monday, Rowe, who goes by Jazzy Rowe on Facebook, posted a video to the social platform. The video detailed her harrowing experience living with Brochu. She also discussed the Connecticut university’s slow and uncooperative response.
Following her recount of the ordeal, #JusticeForJazzy began trending on Twitter.
“While I’ve been here, I’ve been getting sick,” she said in an hourlong the Facebook video. “Not knowing why I was getting sick. I thought it was throat pain…this was happening for about a month.”
She said the throat pain became so intense, she could no longer sleep or speak.
“I decided I need to move out my room because I feel unwanted,” she said. “This is not how roommates are supposed to be.”
Rowe said her former Resident Assistants approached when she moved out and shared Brochu’s post with her. Despite telling school officials, she said little action had been taken which was likely due to her ethnicity. Rowe claimed she was told by school administrators she would face repercussions if she shared the incidents with anyone.
“If the race roles were reversed, I feel like this would have gone down a different route,” she said.
The West Hartford police department said they plan to charge Brochu with intimidation on the basis of bigotry, which is a felony crime. The University of Hartford said Brochu will no longer be attending the college.
“As of this morning, Brianna Brochu is no longer a student at the University of Hartford,” said the university’s president Gregory S. Woodward. “She will not be returning to the institution.”