Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Probation for student who rubbed tampon blood on Jamaican's bag

Probation for student who rubbed tampon blood on Jamaican's bag

Brianna Brochu was arrested and charged with breach of peace and criminal mischief previous year after posting a video to Instagram claiming she smeared bodily fluids on her former roommate, Chennel "Jazzy" Rowe's, belongings and tampered with her personal items because the pair were not getting along. Brochu will have to perform 200 hours of community service - including 50 at a literacy organization in Greater Hartford and 50 at a social services group.

In October, West Hartford police arrested and charged Brochu with breach of peace and criminal mischief after she posted on Instagram that she tampered with her roommate Chennel "Jazzy" Rowe's possessions in order to get her to move out.

A state judge on Monday, March 12, granted 18-year-old Brianna Brochu's request for a spot in an "accelerated rehabilitation" program, the Associated Press reported.

She admitted to licking her roommate's plate and silverware and the tampon claim, but she told police she lied about the rest on Instagram to "appear amusing". She is required not to have any contact with Rowe and must have a mental health evaluation.

Brochu, of Harwinton, had told police her actions were in retaliation for Rowe's "rude behavior" and Rowe posting videos of her sleeping and making fun of her snoring.

Brochu's attorney, Tom Stevens, has said Brochu and Rowe had a falling out and Brochu's actions were not racially motivated.

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.

"By giving her this second chance, I hope she will change her ways and finds love for all mankind no matter what race", Rowe said of her former roommate's accelerated rehabilitation. According to Rowe, her post traumatic stress has affected her educational goals. 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.

NAACP President Scot X. Esdaile still believes that Brochu should have been charged with a hate crime.

However, the trauma she caused Rowe is probably much more long-lasting. "There's a system for white people and there's a system for black people", he said about the case, which the charges made against Brochu will possibly still follow her into the future. Even her own children might one day learn about their mother's misconduct.

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