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#JusticeForJazzy: Hartford student who terrorized Black roommate is ousted

#JusticeForJazzy: Hartford student who terrorized Black roommate is ousted

The president is expected to meet with students again on Thursday.

Students were invited to the Gengras Student Union Wednesday night where Woodward, local state officials and local members of the NAACP gathered to listen as students openly discussed their concerns, the university's marketing and communication vice president Molly Polk said Wednesday night.

Forget yesterday's news. Get what you need today in this early-morning email. Another added, "Why was Brochu charged only with criminal mischief and breach of the peace?" She has not been reached for comment.

Details of the case are positively stomach-churning.

A white CT college student has been charged with smearing body fluids on her black roommate's belongings, and police are saying it was a bias crime. In the Instagram post, Brochu listed several of the acts she committed against her roommate, and added: "so much more".

In an Instagram post which Brochu denies, Brochu allegedly wrote, "Finally did it yo girl got rid of her roommate!"

On Instagram, where her account has since been made private, Brochu had boasted about putting moldy clam dip in Rowe's lotions, spitting in her coconut oil and sticking Rowe's toothbrush "where the sun doesn't shine". She concluded the message with emoticons of a face winking, a thumbs up, and a hand waving.

In a Facebook post Rowe stated, "As a young African American woman I don't want to become another statistic".

She told West Hartford Police that since the beginning of the school year "she has felt ostracized by Brochu" and that Brochu generally ignored her and that she asked to change rooms.

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Rowe had also been experiencing "severe throat pain" before moving out, and a campus nurse had noted the presence of bacteria in her throat, the report said.

According to a court document obtained by Heavy.com, Brochu told police she "began to lash out due to a "hostile environment" caused by Rowe's "rude behavior". "If the race roles were reversed, I feel like this would have gone down a different route", she said. "She has her period bloodstains on my bag". The warrant also said Brochu claimed anything else she "bragged about over social media was a lie in an attempt to appear amusing".

That community no longer contains Brochu though, since Woodward stated that she will not be returning to school and called her actions "reprehensible".

"As I said yesterday, the University took action immediately once these allegations were brought to our attention", Woodward also said in the statement. University Public Safety was first notified and responded to this incident at 11:48 p.m. on October 17.

On November 1, West Hartford Police reported that "after a review", they will now be seeking an additional charge against Ms. Brochu, based on intimidation as a result bigotry or bias, a second-degree felony.

She's a 18-year-old freshman from the University of Hartford.

"It's so sad to think that something is happening because this is such a wonderful campus and I love it here so much and it's just really sad to hear", fellow freshman, Eliana Tirone, said.

Hart also said his town takes "great pride in our diversity. We have a good working relationship with the University and the city".


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