A white former college student accused of placing bodily fluids on her Black roommate's belongings has the support of the roommate who she secretly harassed.
Brochu, 18, was arrested in October for misdemeanor criminal mischief and breach of the peace after being expelled from The University of Hartford in CT over her abusive treatment of her roommate, whom she dubbed a 'Jamaican Barbie'.
Brochu has to perform 200 hours of community service.
To prompt her departure, Brochu smeared blood from her own used tampons on Rowe's backpack, spat in her "coconut oil", put "clam dip" in her body lotion and put her toothbrush "where the sun don't shine".
On Monday, Brochu was given accelerated rehabilitation, a special form of probation that will make sure Brochu won't get a criminal record. Brochu originally said she acted in retaliation for Rowe making fun of her snoring on Snapchat.
Brianna Brochu appeared at the Superior Court in Monday for her hearing.
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Brochu's lawyer, Thomas Stevens, says his client is remorseful and she wanted to apologize sooner but he told her not to because of his concern over civil litigation.
Brochu's distaste for her roommate bordered on maniacal, as she took to social media to boast about the particularly disturbing ways she punished Rowe.
Hate crime charges were proposed by the NAACP, but Brochu avoided them. Rowe posted a screenshot of a post Brochu allegedly made about her that refers to her as "Jamaican Barbie". She had asked for a room change and was moving her belongings out of the room when Brochu's Instagram post describing her alleged conduct surfaced.
'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.
"The internet has a long memory and you will have to do a lot of good to live down these allegations". The judge urged Brochu to embrace diversity and the opportunity it gives one to grow, to not waste her opportunity at a second chance and to move forward. "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", he said, according to the Hartford Courtant's report.
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. "That's what we face every day".