White Freshman Charged with Alleged Harassment of Black Roommate – and Showrunner Shonda Rhimes Reacts

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A white feminine faculty freshman is going through a felony cost after allegedly boasting on social media about covertly harassing her black roommate to the purpose that she moved out, PEOPLE confirms.

The allegations – deemed “deeply disturbing” and “reprehensible” by College of Hartford President Greg Woodward in an announcement – have led to the expulsion of the white scholar, Brianna Brochu, 18, and a flurry of assist and concern for the alleged sufferer, Chennel “Jazzy” Rowe, who made the episode public in a video posted earlier this week that went viral.

Brochu, 18, appeared however didn’t remark in Hartford Neighborhood Courtroom at this time following her arrest Saturday on breach of peace and felony mischief costs, and was ordered to remain off campus and never contact her former roommate, experiences the Hartford Courant.

A West Hartford Police spokesman mentioned the company would search to have her additional charged with felony intimidation primarily based on bigotry or bias, experiences The New York Instances.

Her case was continued to a Nov. 15 court docket date. Makes an attempt by PEOPLE to find Brochu or an lawyer on her behalf weren’t instantly unsuccessful.

The video made by Rowe in regards to the alleged harassment has since gone viral with Gray’s Anatomy showrunner Shonda Rhimes tweeted, “That the sort of ignorant hate can flourish in 2017 exams my religion in humanity?”



Police arrested Brochu on Saturday and he or she allegedly admitted to police that she had licked her roommate’s eating utensils and smeared bodily fluid on her roommate’s backpack utilizing a tampon, based on the Courant. She advised police her actions have been a response to “a ‘hostile atmosphere’ brought on by [the victim’s] impolite conduct, not compromising, and posting Snapchat movies of me sleeping and making enjoyable of me loud night breathing,” based on a police report.

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Within the video posted by Rowe, Rowe went additional in reporting the alleged harassment, describing an alternate with Brochu that started when Brocho requested if Rowe was transferring out and Rowe mentioned “sure”, experiences The Miami Herald.

Instantly, Brochu allegedly started writing on her telephone. Minutes later, Rowe was alerted by two resident assistants to take a look at her personal telephone to see Instagram photographs allegedly posted by Brochu wherein Brochu claimed credit score for pushing her roommate out.

“Lastly did it yo lady removed her roommate!!” said an allegedly Instagram submit by Brochu, since deleted, as proven within the video posted by Rowe. “After 1 1/2 month of spitting in her coconut oil, placing moldy clam dip in her lotions, rubbing used tampons [on] her backpack, placing her toothbrush locations the place the solar doesn’t shine, and a lot extra I can lastly say goodbye Jamaican Barbie.”

In a Fb submit Rowe responded: “As a younger African American girl I don’t wish to turn into one other statistic. On the subject of faculty incidents/crimes and racial instances justice must be served.”

Rowe advised police that she had “felt ostracized by Brochu” because the begin of the varsity yr. In her video, Rowe says she had gone to the physician experiencing throat ache and was advised it was “some kind of unhealthy micro organism” that she now thinks could have been related to Brochu’s alleged boasts.

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On Wednesday, Brochu was expelled from college.

“As of this morning Brianna Brochu is not a scholar on the College of Hartford,” Woodward mentioned in his assertion at this time. “She won’t be returning to the establishment,”

He added: “It’s clear there may be work to be performed at our College to make certain that all college students really feel protected, revered and valued. The conversations that started with scholar teams, college and employees yesterday are going to proceed and contain our full group.”

The college first realized in regards to the allegations at 11:48 p.m. on Oct. 17, and inside 90 minutes had notified West Hartford Police, Woodward mentioned.

In an earlier assertion, Woodward mentioned: “The incident has caused accusations of racism, and I need you to know that I hear and share your anger and frustration. Acts of racism, bias, bullying, or different abusive behaviors won’t be tolerated on this campus.”

Jail information present Brochu already had been launched on bond after being charged with the misdemeanors of third-degree felony mischief and second-degree breach of the peace. An lawyer was not cited in these information, and it couldn’t be decided whether or not one had been named to her protection.

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