Thursday, November 2, 2017

Jamaican Student Poison By Roommate




A white college student is facing a hate crime charge after she secretly “poisoned” her black roommate for several weeks, admitting to putting her tampon blood on her backpack and licking her plate, fork and spoon, out of “spite,” police say.

Brianna Brochu, 18, of Harwinton, Connecticut, was arrested by the West Hartford Police Department on October 28 and charged with second-degree breach of peace and third-degree criminal mischief, both misdemeanors, state court records show. 

On November 1, after the case gained national attention, West Hartford Police said that “after a review” they will be requesting an added charge of intimidation based on bigotry or bias, a second-degree felony.


Brochu is no longer a student at University of Hartford, where she was a freshman, the school announced Wednesday.

In an Instagram post, Brochu said she had successfully driven away her “Jamaican Barbie” roommate. Jazzy Rowe, the roommate, shared what happened to her in a Facebook post on Monday.

“As a young African American woman I don’t want to become another statistic. When it comes to college incidents/crimes and racial cases justice needs to be served,” Rowe wrote. She said when she told people what happened they couldn’t believe it, thinking it was “straight out of a movie scene.”

In a statement post Tuesday night, UHart President Greg Woodward said, “I am writing to you this evening to send a strong message regarding an incident that is deeply upsetting to me, our students, faculty, staff, and alumni. One of our students was the alleged victim of bullying and her story was shared across social media. Let me be clear: the accused student’s behavior was reprehensible and does not reflect the values of our institution. Let me also be clear that I am confident the University has taken all steps to pursue this matter seriously, and will continue to do so.”

On Wednesday, Woodward said in a statement, “I am writing to provide further updates on the deeply disturbing situation involving our students. As of this morning, Brianna Brochu is no longer a student at the University of Hartford. She will not be returning to the institution.” It is not clear if she was expelled or withdrew from the university.


Brochu appeared in court for the first time on Wednesday and had her case continued to November 15. She did not comment and was not represented by an attorney. West Hartford Police Department spokesman Lieutenant Michael Perruccio said, “The department is in the process of reviewing the entire case to ensure the proper procedures were followed.”

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