Student Who Tormented Her Black Roommate Expelled From School & Facing Hate Crime Charges

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West Hartford Police


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Earlier today, we wrote about Chennel “Jazzy” Rowe and the heinous actions she’d experienced at the hands of her roommate Brianna Brochu. In case you missed the story, Brochu admitted to

– spitting in Rowe’s coconut oil
– rubbing used tampons on Rowe’s property
– and putting Rowe’s toothbrush in “places where the sun doesn’t shine.”

Rowe didn’t realize she had been the victim of all this until she told her roommate that she was moving out. As she was still in the process of carrying her boxes out, another student told her too look on Instagram. That’s when she saw the post where Brochu bragged about what she’d done to get her roommate to leave.

At the time of our initial reporting, Brochu had been arrested and was charged with second-degree breach of peace and third-degree criminal mischief, both misdemeanors. She was under investigation by the university. And had been released on a $1,000 bail before she stood trial today.

Now, according to the Hartford Courant, Brochu now faces hate crime charges. And the university has announced that she’s been expelled from school.

University President Greg Woodard said Brochu’s conduct was “reprehensible” and “she is no longer at student at the University of Hartford. She will not be returning to the institution.”

During her court appearance this morning, Brochu was ordered to stay off of the University of Hartford’s campus and to have no contact with her former roommate while her case was still in the court system.

West Hartford police requested that charges of intimidation based on bigotry or bars be added to Brochu’s case.

She did not comment during her court hearing. Under the request of the state’s attorney, her case has been transferred to Hartford Superior Court with a new court date of November 15.

I know the University wouldn’t have acted so swiftly had it not been for Rowe’s video gone viral; but either way, I’m happy the school and law enforcement ultimately made the right decision.


Veronica Wells is the culture editor at She is also the author of “Bettah Days.” You can follow her on Facebook and on Instagram and Twitter @VDubShrug.

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