Imagine finding out the person you are living with has been contaminating your stuff with their bodily fluids for over a month.
BRB, vom break.
Brianna Brochu, an 18-year-old student from the University of Hartford in Connecticut, has been expelled for doing just this.
The former freshman took to social media to boast about contaminating the belongings of Chennel Rowe, her roommate at the time.
In an Instagram post, Brochu wrote, “after one and a half months spitting in her coconut oil, putting mouldy clam dip in her lotions, rubbing used tampons on her backpack, putting her toothbrush places where the sun doesn’t shine, and so much more, I can finally say goodbye to Jamaican Barbie.”
Since Rowe moved in, Brochu had been plotting how to get rid of her – apparently, the best way to do this was to be the most revolting person on the planet.
In a Facebook Live video below that has since gone viral, Rowe said she experienced “extreme throat pain for a month after moving in, not knowing why I’ve been sick.”
After seeing Brochu’s posts, she discovered mould and other bodily fluids, like period blood, in and around her belongings.
So this is what happened….
Posted by Jazzy Rowe on Monday, October 30, 2017
She moved out after discovering the posts and reporting it to University of Hartford officials, but claimed the school was “taking its time with the investigation” and not enough had been done.
“The fact that I’m black and my old roommate was white … If the roles was (sic) switched, I want to know if it would be handled the same way,” Rowe said.
University President Greg Woodward sent a letter to the campus community, highlighting that the incident was “deeply upsetting” and that the school took immediate action when they were notified:
“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.
Upon learning of the incident, Public Safety immediately ensured that the victim was relocated to a safe location, notified local authorities, and provided support for their investigation. The accused student was subsequently arrested by the West Hartford Police Department and her case will proceed through the legal process.
The University will continue to precisely execute our defined process outlined in the Code of Student Conduct.
The University strictly and swiftly followed all procedural and legal processes related to this alleged event; claims to the contrary are based on misinformation. The incident has brought about accusations of racism, and I want you to know that I hear and share your anger and frustration. Acts 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.
Throughout the day, I and members of my administration have been meeting with students, including representatives from the Student Government Association, multicultural organizations, and concerned students. I have also met with the affected student and we are in communication with her family. We will continue to offer support and assistance to her, as well as any other student that feels threatened, victimized, or uncomfortable on our campus. Let me repeat; racism and hatred will not be tolerated on this campus. Period. I encourage every one of you reading this email to report incidents on campus that are troubling and worthy of review.”
People have taken to Twitter to show their support for Rowe with the hashtag #JusticeForJazzy (referring to the name Rowe uses on Facebook).
— Summyrrh (@summyrrh) October 31, 2017
— Kathy Hawkins (@katlavellehawk) November 1, 2017
Poisoning a student is not bullying.
?Jazzy could have died from her roommate's hatred.#JusticeForJazzy
— Nettie ? (@MsNettieAugust) November 1, 2017
Something so vile and disgusting has come to my attention and I'm so over how passive these institutions are when it comes to dealing with issues of race and racism, especially given the how the current political/social climate has empowered hateful people. #JusticeForJazzy
— Sharine Taylor (@shharine) October 31, 2017
Brochu turned herself in to the West Hartford Police Department recently.