A former student at the University of Hartford has been charged with criminal mischief and breach of peace after braggingÂ online aboutÂ contaminating her roommateâs belongings with bodily fluids, including rubbingÂ dirty tampons on herÂ backpackÂ and putting her toothbrush âplaces where the sun doesnât shine.â
Eighteen-year-oldÂ Brianna Brochu appeared in court Wednesday. A judgeÂ banned her from the campus in central Connecticut and ordered her not to have any contact with her former dormitory roommate,Â Chennel Rowe, pending the conclusionÂ of the case,Â according to the Hartford Courant.
Authorities told the Courant that Brochu, who is white, also faces a hate-crime chargeÂ stemming from the alleged actions against her roommate, who is black.
LastÂ month,Â Brochu allegedly wrote on Instagram that she finally âgot rid of her roommate,â whom she referred to as âJamaican Barbie.â
âAfter 1Â½ month of 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 doesnât shine, and so much more, I can finally say goodbye Jamaican Barbie,âÂ the post read, according to court recordsÂ obtained by Heavy.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Brochu posted pictures, including one of a bag stained with a âreddish brown substanceâ that she later acknowledged was âperiod blood,âÂ one of a food containerÂ filled with a milky substance andÂ one of hair extensions with the caption, âThis bâ- legit bought a box of fâing hair.â
University of Hartford President Greg Woodward said in a letterÂ Wednesday to the campus communityÂ that following the âdeeply disturbing situation,â Brochu is no longer a student at the school.Â HeÂ said the university took immediate action once it learned about the allegations, notifying campus authorities and the West Hartford Police Department, which opened an investigation on Oct. 18.
Police did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Brochu was arrested Saturday afterÂ telling police that she started to lash out at Rowe afterÂ she posted videos ofÂ Brochu sleeping and teasing her for snoring, according to court documents.
She told police that she did lickÂ Roweâs âplate, fork and spoon,â rub a used tampon on her backpackÂ and mix Roweâs lotions together, but she said that everything else she bragged about online was not true, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
BrochuÂ had not yet been assigned an attorney in the case.
Rowe recountedÂ the ordeal MondayÂ inÂ aÂ Facebook Live video,Â saying that she had been experiencing throat pain for weeks and did not know why. She told police earlier this month that a nurse had advised her she had a âbacteria present in her throatâ andÂ Rowe suspected it wasÂ caused byÂ âBrochu tampering with her personal items,â according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
Rowe said in the Facebook video that she learned about Brochuâs social media post when she was approached by a former neighbor and two resident assistants asÂ she was switching dormÂ rooms.
The university president called the incident âdeeply upsetting.â
âOne of our students was the alleged victim of bullying and her story was shared across social media,âÂ Woodward said Tuesday in a letter to the campus.
âThe incident has brought about accusations of racism, and I want you to know that I hear and share your anger and frustration,â he said. âActs of racism, bias, bullying, or other abusive behaviors will not be tolerated on this campus. I pledge to do everything in my power to work with our community to address related concerns together.â
Woodward said the University of Hartford âis not exempt from issues facing our society and worldâ and encouraged others to come forward with concerns.
âWe must strive every day to practice understanding, tolerance, inclusion, and grace,â he said. âI know that you will join me in this critical mission.â