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A white college student was arrested after admitting to tainting her black roommate's items


Police in West Hartford, Connecticut say that a college student there has admitted to tainting her roommate’s belongings, according to The Hartford Courant.

The Courant on Wednesday reported that University of Hartford (UHart) student Brianna Rae Brochu, 18, was arrested last Saturday.

Brochu was charged with third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree breach of peace following a series of incidents involving her living situation.

Police said that Brochu admitted to licking her roommate’s dining utensils and smearing bodily fluid on the other woman’s backpack.

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The victim, who is black, told authorities that since the school year’s start “she has felt ostracized by Brochu,” who is white.

The roommate then started moving into a new room when a neighbor approached her on Oct. 17 after seeing some “very concerning posts” on Brochu’s Instagram page.

Police said that the posts appeared to show Brochu “bragging about she tampered with [the victim’s] personal belongings.”

“Finally did it yo girl got rid of her roommate!!” one post reads.

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“After 1 ½ month of 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 Jamaican Barbie,” the message adds.

Brochu told police that she unsuccessfully requested a room change on Oct. 11 following issues with her roommate.

The Harwinton, Connecticut, woman added she “began to lash out due to a ‘hostile environment’ caused by [the victim’s] rude behavior.”

Brochu also accused her roommate of “not compromising, and posting Snapchat videos of me sleeping and making fun of me snoring.”

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The victim told police she had experienced “severe throat pain” she associated with Brochu’s actions.

The roommate’s allegations caused an uproar on social media, prompting UHart President Greg Woodward to weigh in on the matter Tuesday.

“Let me be clear: the accused student’s behavior was reprehensible and does not reflect the values of our institution,” he said in a message to UHart students.

“Acts of racism, bias, bullying or other abusive behaviors will not be tolerated on this campus,” Woodward added.

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