Brianna Brochu, a student of The University of Hartford who was arrested and charged with criminal mischief earlier this week for intentionally endangering the health of her Black roommate, Chennel “Jazzy” Rowe by poisoning her.
Brochu boasted about contaminating several of Jazzy’s personal items. In a now deleted social media post, Brochu wrote:
“After one and a half months spitting in her coconut oil, putting moldy 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.”
After a Facebook post from Jazzy (seen above), exposing Brochu’s hateful actions went viral, the public called for the college to take appropriate action and for justice to be served. In response to the incident, the academic institution (who initially threatened to remove her from campus if she disclosed the incident to others) eventually released a statement from the President of The University of Hartford, revealing that Brochu is no longer attending the college.
I am writing to provide further updates on the deeply disturbing situation involving our students,” Woodward said in the statement. “As of this morning, Brianna Brochu is no longer a student at the University of Hartford. She will not be returning to the institution.
There has been an outpouring of concern for the victim of these acts from across the University and the country. In my meeting with her yesterday, I reiterated my personal commitment to ensuring she has all available personal and academic resources the University can provide.
As I said yesterday, the University took action immediately once these allegations were brought to our attention. University Public Safety was first notified and responded to this incident at 11:48 p.m. on October 17. The reprehensible conduct of the involved student was not known by the victim or the University until that time. By 1:12 a.m. the West Hartford Police Department was notified and processes for legal and University conduct began. A no-contact order was put into place and the case was turned over to local authorities by 2:16 a.m.
It is clear there is work to be done at our University to ensure that all students feel safe, respected, and valued. The conversations that began with student groups, faculty, and staff yesterday are going to continue and involve our full community. I am dedicated to that mission and will continue to share additional information about opportunities for our path forward in meaningful dialogue and action.
Brochu, a white student, violated Chennel “Jazzy” Rowe in one of the worst ways imaginable. Many believe her actions to be racially motivated. All I can say is, thank God for social media. Without Brochu’s abhorrent social media posts, Jazzy might not have caught her in time a could have even lost her life.
We pray that she is well and that Brochu is given the maximum sentence available. We all need #JusticeForJazzy