Ex-student gets probation program in body fluids case

Tuesday, 13 Mar, 2018

Police said the former University of Hartford student wrote on Instagram in October about rubbing used tampons on her roommate's backpack and putting her roommate's toothbrush "where the sun doesn't shine".

The whole ordeal was traumatic for Rowe, who claimed to suffer from a prolonged sickness resulting from exposure to uncommon microbes.

Back in November, freshman college student Brianna Brochu was expelled from the University of Hartford for rubbing bodily fluids all over the personal belongings of roommate Chennell "Jazzy" Rowe. State NAACP President Scot X. Esdaile called it "blatant racism", but Hartford State's Attorney Gail Hardy said there was no evidence of hate crimes.

According to AP, Rowe attended Monday's court hearing and didn't oppose Brochu's probation request, saying she hoped her old roommate would "change her ways". This week, that request was granted. Brochu will have to perform 200 hours of community service - including 50 at a literacy organization in Greater Hartford and 50 at a social services group. The misdemeanor criminal mischief and breach of peace charges against Brochu could potentially be dropped after her probation is up, so long as she sticks to the conditions set by the court. She is required not to have any contact with Rowe and must have a mental health evaluation.

The pair shared a dormitory together but Brochu was determined to get Rowe to move out.

Her lawyer said the name - which some considered proof of Brochu's racist views towards her roommate - was how Rowe described herself online.

"With the consequences she has endured ... death threats ... she knows she made a mistake", Steven said. She said she lied in the Instagram post in an attempt to "appear amusing", a police report said. Investigators found none, she said.

Brochu, of Harwinton, had told police her actions were in retaliation for Rowe's "rude behavior" and Rowe posting videos of her sleeping and making fun of her snoring.

Brochu told police that she did not have a good relationship with Rowe.

'There was a tipping point that caused my clients to do whatever she did and it was when Ms. Rowe took some unflattering videotape of her and posted it'.

'This was two students who were placed together, I think randomly ... who didn't like each other, like has been happening since kids went to school and became roommates, ' Stevens said. "You can let this case define you or bury it beneath your accomplishments", he advised.

"There's a system for white people and there's a system for black people.That's what we face every day."