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White Student, Who Poisoned Black Roommate, May Avoid Criminal Record

White Student, Who Poisoned Black Roommate, May Avoid Criminal Record White Student, Who Poisoned Black Roommate, May Avoid Criminal Record
Bennie Garza | 13 March, 2018, 23:57

A white former CT university student accused of smearing body fluids on her black roommate's belongings has been allowed into a probation program. If she completes those requirements and stays out of trouble, the charges of breach of peace and criminal mischief will be dismissed after two years.

On Monday, Brochu was given accelerated rehabilitation, a special form of probation that will make sure Brochu won't get a criminal record.

Brianna Brochu appeared at the Superior Court in Monday for her hearing.

According to the Hartford Courant former roommate Chennell "Jazzy" Rowe didn't oppose the accelerated rehabilitation.

Brohchu was charged and expelled after she posted on Instagram about rubbing blood from used tampons on her roommate's backpack and sticking her toothbrush "where the sun doesn't shine".

Brochu's lawyer apologized on her behalf and made it clear that Brochu's actions were not racially motivated.

Rowe, in a Facebook Live video, said she had fallen ill multiple times throughout the semester, with campus doctors not knowing what was the cause of her sickness. According to Rowe, her post traumatic stress has affected her educational goals.

"While Brochu said she made up most of the claims in the Instagram posts in an attempt to "'appear amusing, '" she admitted to licking and transferring period blood onto Rowe's possessions.

The state's attorney said there was no evidence Brochu showed racial animus toward Rowe in her retaliatory actions, even in Brochu's social media history, ignoring calls by the NAACP to charge her with a hate crime. Brochu originally said she acted in retaliation for Rowe making fun of her snoring on Snapchat. He said Brochu wanted to apologize sooner, but he advised her not to because of a potential civil lawsuit.

Brochu labelling Rowe as a "Jamaican Barbie" certainly paints her questionable behaviour with vibrant racist undertones. He said a day seated in a courtroom would help Brochu get a sense of the problems and challenges people are forced to overcome each day.

And the price Brochu pays for her conduct will last long after her court case ends, Williams said. 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.

Outside the courthouse, state NAACP President Scot X. Esdaile reiterated that Brochu should have been charged with a hate crime and basically stated what most of us are thinking about this lame slap on the wrist she received. "There's a system for white people and there's a system for black people", he said.

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