The former University of Hartford student accused of harassing her roommate by smearing bodily fluid on her backpack and tampering with other items will not be in court Wednesday.
A lawyer for Brianna Brochu, 18, sought and obtained a continuance to Nov. 21. Such continuances are relatively routine.
Brochu, a Harwinton resident who was tossed from the University of Hartford after her alleged harassment of her roommate came to light, was charged by West Hartford police with breach of peace and criminal mischief.
The warrant for Brochu’s arrest makes it clear that the two young women had not gotten along since the school year started.
Brochu told police that she did not have a good relationship with her roommate, Chennel “Jazzy” Rowe. Brochu claimed Rowe was rude to her and posted videos online of her snoring to make fun of her.
Brochu told police she lashed out at Rowe and said she licked Rowe’s plate, fork and spoon, put blood from a used tampon on Rowe’s backpack, and mixed Rowe’s lotions with other lotions from her roommate’s desk.
Rowe told police that Brochu “generally ignored her and treated her as a ghost,” according to the warrant for Brochu’s arrest. Rowe had asked for a room change and was moving her belongings out of the room on Oct. 17 when Brochu’s Instagram post describing her alleged conduct surfaced.
The NAACP and others have publicly supported Rowe, who is black, and have urged Hartford prosecutors to file a hate crime charge against Brochu, who is white, but prosecutors have declined to discuss the matter other than to say their decisions are guided by the evidence and the law.