Brianna Brochu, a student at the University of Hartford, was embroiled in a longstanding dispute with Chennel Rowe, another undergraduate attending the same college who also happened to share the same living space. Brochu has been assigned 200 hours of community service, out of which 50 hours must be served with a social services group and 50 hours at a literacy organization.
Perceived slights from Rowe led Brochu to asymmetrically retaliate, rubbing used tampons on her backpack, putting Rowe's toothbrush "where the sun doesn't shine" and putting "moldy clam dip" in her lotions, according to the October Instagram post.
According to the Hartford Courant former roommate Chennell "Jazzy" Rowe didn't oppose the accelerated rehabilitation.
A state judge on Monday, March 12, granted 18-year-old Brianna Brochu's request for a spot in an "accelerated rehabilitation" program, the Associated Press reported.
Brochu, who was expelled from the university, was charged by West Hartford police with breach of peace and criminal mischief.
She admitted to licking her roommate's plate and silverware and the tampon claim, but she told police she lied about the rest on Instagram to "appear amusing". In a moment straight out of Dr. Phil, the judge also urged Brochu to embrace diversity and not waste her opportunity at a second chance.
Rowe stated in court that she was traumatized by Brochu's harassment and called it "acts of hate".
Brochu's attorney, Tom Stevens, has said Brochu and Rowe had a falling out and Brochu's actions were not racially motivated. While Rowe had gone to administrators upon seeing Brochu's post, she said neither the school nor local police took her claims seriously until she shared her complaint online.
Brochu's lawyer Thomas Stevens, apologized on Brochu's behalf and told the court he directed her not to apologize sooner out of fear it may result in a civil litigation.
Both women had asked the University of Hartford to give them different roommates.
However, the trauma she caused Rowe is probably much more long-lasting. "You can let this case define you or bury it beneath your accomplishments", he said.
"There's a system for white people and there's a system for black people.That's what we face every day".
But state NAACP President Scot X. Esdaile told reporters outside the courtroom that he feels Brochu should have been charged with a hate crime.