A white university student bullied her black roommate by rubbing used tampons on her belongings, it has been reported. What’s more, the suspect also spit in the victim’s coconut oil and stuck her toothbrush “where the sun doesn’t shine.” As a result, the suspect has been banned from campus and has been charged with criminal mischief and breach of peace, as well as intimidation based on bigotry or bias. Read on below.
Banned and charged. University of Hartford Student, Briana Brochu, has been banned from campus by a local community court judge after repeatedly bragging about bullying her Black roommate online. The student has also been charged with criminal mischief and breach of peace, in addition to intimidation based on bigotry or bias.
Social media. According to court records, Brochu boasted about her bullying on social media. She allegedly wrote on Instagram: “After 1½ month of spitting in her coconut oil, putting moldy clam dip in her lotions, rubbing used tampons oh [sic] her backpack, putting her toothbrush places where the sun doesn’t shine, and so much more, I can finally say goodbye Jamaican Barbie.”
Accusations. So far, Brochu has admitted to licking her former roommate’s plate, fork, and spoon, and smearing her own menstrual blood on the victim’s backpack. However, she has denied the other accusations she bragged about on Instagram, the Hartford Courant reports.
The victim. After being notified of the Instagram post by fellow students, the victim, former roommate Chenelle Rowe, reported the behavior to the school. She also reported it to local police, Fox61 reports.
Symptoms. According to Rowe, who’s a freshman, she had felt “unwanted in [her] own room” since being randomly assigned to bunk with Brochu in late August. After moving in, Rowe alleges she started getting sick and experiencing throat pain. This ultimately led her to see a doctor.
Video. In a Facebook Live video that has since gone viral, Rowe details her former roommate’s alleged abuse. Today, the post — which is 103 minutes long — has been viewed more than 600,000 times, The Independent reports.
Another statistic. “As a young African American woman I don’t want to become another statistic,” Rowe wrote in a Facebook post, The Independent reports. “When it comes to college incidents/crimes and racial cases justice needs to be served.”
President. University President Greg Woodward sent a letter to school faculty and students on Tuesday. In it, he called Brochu’s reported behavior “reprehensible.”
Campus. “Acts of racism, bias, bullying, or other abusive behaviors will not be tolerated on this campus,” Woodward said. “I pledge to do everything in my power to work with our community to address related concerns together.”
Relocated. Woodward went on to say that Rowe had been relocated after she reported the alleged abuse. He also added that Brochu had been arrested by the West Hartford Police Department.
Race. That said, Rowe believes the entire thing would have played out differently had she been the white one, The Independent reports. “I probably would’ve been locked up,” she told Fox61. “A whole of a bunch of stuff would’ve been done quickly.”
Race. Rowe added: “The fact that I’m black and my old roommate was white… If the roles was switched, I want to know if it would be handled the same way, right? Because I damn well know it wouldn’t.”
Other claims. Nonetheless, Brochu claims she had been reacting to a “hostile environment” created by Rowe. In fact, Brochu, of Harwinton, alleged Rowe would often post Snapchat videos of her snoring.
Other claims. What’s more, Brochu also requested a room change last month but was unsuccessful, according to the Courant. Seemingly, she maintains that her online statements were lies and a way to “appear funny” on social media.
Reactions. Still, the public at large has reacted with disgust at Brochu’s alleged actions. “I can’t believe someone would do this,” one Twitter post read. “Such a despicable human being. Sorry you had to go through that girl.”
Via: Rebel Circus