A white University of Hartford student, who poisoned her roommate by contaminating her things with noxious items, including bloody tampons, has exercised her white privilege and is getting away with a mere slap on the wrist. However, she was kicked out of the University of Hartford before being charged by West Hartford police for breach of peace and criminal mischief, the charges that may be cleared as part of her criminal record.
Brochu is expected to perform 200 hours of community service which includes serving 50 hours at a literacy program and another 50 hours at a social services group.
Brochu's black roommate, Chennel Rowe, spoke at her hearing in Superior Court on Monday.
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Brochu's distaste for her roommate bordered on maniacal, as she took to social media to boast about the particularly disturbing ways she punished Rowe.
Brochu was expelled from the university after being arrested. She said she lied in the Instagram post in an attempt to "appear amusing, " a police report said.
Brochu also told authorities that she did put tampon blood on Rowe's backpack and licked Rowe's plate, fork and spoon, but denied doing anything else.
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In November, Brochu said in an interview she was not racist, only acted foolishly. Finishing off her incriminating post by calling Rowe "Jamaican Barbie", Brochu's actions earned her a place on the Daily Dot's list of worst millennials of 2017.
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. While Rowe had gone to administrators upon seeing Brochu's post, she said neither the school nor local police took her claims seriously until she shared her complaint online. He said a day seated in a courtroom would help Brochu get a sense of the problems and challenges people are forced to overcome each day.
"The internet has a long memory and you will have to do a lot of good to live down these allegations", he said. "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.
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Outside court, state NAACP President Scot X. Esdaile repeated his view that Brochu should have been charged with a hate crime.