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Hate crime not among charges for student who bragged about tainting roommate’s personal items

By Erika Martin,

The extent to which one Connecticut student was allegedly willing to go to harass her black roommate has gripped headlines, and many activists have called for the aggressor to face hate crime charges.

But when ex-University of Hartford student Brianna Brochu, 18, appeared in court on Tuesday, prosecutors signaled that a hate crime count was unlikely to be added to her charges of misdemeanor criminal mischief and breach of peace, according to the Associated Press.

In an Instagram post bragging about how she contaminated her roomate Jazzy Rowe’s belongings, Brochu wrote: “After one and a half months spitting in her coconut oil, putting moldy clam dip in her lotions, rubbing used tampons on her backpack, putting her toothbrush places where the sun doesn’t shine, and so much more, I can finally say goodbye to Jamaican Barbie.”


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