The lenient sentence that a White former college student got on Monday for harassing her Black roommate by smearing body fluids on her belongings didn't sit well with the victim, who took to social media to speak on the case.
On Monday, a Hartford judge declared 18-year-old Brianna Brochu eligible for the accelerated rehabilitation program. Brochu will have to perform 200 hours of community service - including 50 at a literacy organization in Greater Hartford and 50 at a social services group.
"After 1 1/2 months of spitting in her coconut oil, putting moldy clam dip in her lotions, rubbing used tampons on her backpack, putting her toothbrush where the sun doesn't shine and so much more I can finally say goodbye to Jamaican Barbie."
Brochu boasted about her efforts on Instagram where she also referred to her as "Jamaican Barbie" after Rowe requested a different room.
Brochu, of Harwinton, had told police her actions were in retaliation for Rowe's "rude behaviour" and Rowe posting videos of her sleeping and making fun of her snoring. However, the toothbrush conspirator has been taken to court of her heinous mistreatment of her roommate, but has received a particularly inequitable sentencing.
"By giving her this second chance, I hope she will change her ways and finds love for all mankind no matter what race", Rowe said of her former roommate's accelerated rehabilitation. Brochu's scholarship was revoked and she lost her job during the entire ordeal.
Hate crime charges were proposed by the NAACP, but Brochu avoided them.
Brochu's lawyer apologized on her behalf and made it clear that Brochu's actions were not racially motivated.
'This was two students who were placed together, I think randomly ... who didn't like each other, like has been happening since kids went to school and became roommates, ' Stevens said. Friends, potential employers and even potential romantic partners will learn of Brochu's conduct with a simple Internet search, the judge said.
"The Internet has a long memory and you will have to do a lot of good to live down these allegations", the judge told Brochu.
Despite telling police at the time of her arrest that she did indeed put her blood and other bodily fluids on Rowe's belongings, Brochu pleaded not guilty in court this week.
"You can let this case define you or bury it beneath your accomplishments".
"There's a system for white people and there's a system for black people.That's what we face every day".