Student Who Tormented Her Black Roommate Will Only Receive Probation & Community Service
Brianna Brochu, the college student who was expelled for tormenting her Black roommate, Chennel “Jazzy” Rowe, will not serve any jail time for her crimes.
This past winter, we shared the very disturbing story of Brochu and what she did to Jazzy, her roommate. For those of you who don’t remember the story, Brochu was the girl who smeared period blood on Jazzy’s belongings, spat in her coconut oil and rubbed the head of her toothbrush “where the sun don’t shine.” Afterward, Brochu posted about her actions of social media, calling Jazzy a “Jamaican Barbie.”
Afterward, Jazzy reported experiencing a prolonged sickness that her student health center professionals said was a result of being exposed to uncommon microbes.
It’s a story that is so vile and bizarre, I doubt we’ll forget it anytime soon. Jazzy’s story caught national headlines when Jazzy recorded a video speaking about the University of Hartford’s inadequate response. The video went viral and eventually someone created a hashtag #JusticeForJazzy.
Later, we reported that Brochu, despite public opinion, would not be charged with a hate crime. Today, we learned that Brochu will not serve jail time at all.
After pleading not guilty to charges of breach of peace and criminal mischief, Brochu received probation.
According to the Hartford Courant, when first faced with her charges, Brochu asked for a special form of probation that would eventually allow her to live with a clean record. The request was granted.
As a result, Brochu was assigned 200 hours of community service, 50 of those hours must be completed a a literary organization. An additional 50 hours must be served with a social services group.
If Brochu completes the service and avoids trouble in the future, her criminal record will be expunged within two years.
In addition, Brochu must have no contact with Jazzy and must also submit a mental-health evaluation.
Jazzy attended Brochu’s hearing and did not oppose the accelerated rehabilitation request. Brochu wanted to apologize to Jazzy personally but her attorney advised against it saying that it could incriminate her in possible civil litigation.
Brochu’s attorney apologized on his behalf.
When the news of the verdict hit the internet, people had plenty to say. Check it all out on the following pages.