March 13, 2018
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Brianna Brochu, who smeared her bodily fluids and tampered with her black roommate’s belongings last year is getting away with a slap on the wrist. After facing breach of peace and criminal mischief charges, the former University of Hartford student will now receive special probation that could potentially lift the charges, Harfort Courant reports. Oh, to be a white woman in America.
Last year, Brochu boasted on Instagram about how she contaminated Chennell “Jazzy” Rowe‘s belongings.
— tsunami taj (@EverythingTaj) October 31, 2017
Brochu was expelled from the University of Hartford and arrested by the West Hartford Police Department. Although hate crime charges were filed against her as well, she ultimately pleaded not guilty and avoided the charges.
The 18-year-old will now have to perform 200 hours of community service, have no contact with Rowe, and take a mental health evaluation as part of her requested “accelerated rehabilitation.” If she completes the requirements, her existing charges will be wiped clean off of her record – white privilege at its finest.
Rowe attended the court hearing and did not oppose the request for accelerated rehabilitation.
Rowe said she was traumatized by her former roommate’s “acts of hate” that resulted in nightmares, an inability to trust others and her educational goals getting delayed.
“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. Rowe also set the record straight that she doesn’t agree with the decision.
I want to make this VERY CLEAR‼️ pic.twitter.com/mE3VqN9HVs
— Jazzy Rowe (@JahsBarbie) March 12, 2018
Judge Omar Williams of the Superior Court in Hartford who granted Brochu’s “punishment” believed that she was deserving of a second chance and told Brochu, “The internet has a long memory and you will have to do a lot of good to live down these allegations.”
Williams also said that friends, potential employers, and potential romantic partners will learn of Brochu’s conduct with a simple internet search. While these things are true, they do not constitute as punishment for poisoning, and trying to kill someone because of the color of their skin.
TELL US: Does the punishment fit them crime? Or should Brianna Brochu face hate crime charges?