After 1 1/2 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. Her former roommate, Chennel "Jazzy" Rowe, attended Brochu's hearing.
Civil rights advocates pushed for hate crimes charges in the case, but prosecutors said they lacked sufficient evidence to prove the harassment was racially motivated.
"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. This week, that request was granted. Misdemeanor criminal mischief and breach of peace charges will be erased if she successfully completes two years of probation and 200 hours of community service. She is required not to have any contact with Rowe and must have a mental health evaluation.
A state judge in Hartford on Monday granted 18-year-old Brianna Brochu's request for accelerated rehabilitation.More news: In Ireland, there were mass protests against abortion
Stevens apologized on his client's behalf.
Her lawyer said the name - which some considered proof of Brochu's racist views towards her roommate - was how Rowe described herself online.
The teenager said she believes Brochu's efforts made her sick and that she consistently suffered a sore throat.
Brochu, of Harwinton, had told police her actions were in retaliation for Rowe's "rude behavior" and Rowe posting videos of her sleeping and making fun of her snoring.More news: Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE:BMY) Price Target Raised to $68.00
She said she did not know why Brochu was so unkind and that she'd started off trying to befriend her.
'I don't understand why, which is why I think it's a whole racial/hate issue, ' she said in a Facebook video detailing the abuse. Both women had asked school officials for a change in roommates.
Brochu told police that she did not have a good relationship with Rowe. According to Rowe, her post traumatic stress has affected her educational goals. Friends, potential employers and even potential romantic partners will learn of Brochu's conduct with a simple Internet search, the judge said. 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. "You can let this case define you or bury it beneath your accomplishments", he said.
Outside the courthouse, state NAACP President Scot X. Esdaile reiterated that Brochu should have been charged with a hate crime and basically stated what most of us are thinking about this lame slap on the wrist she received.More news: Slingshot malware attacks PCs through routers
"There's a system for white people and there's a system for black people.That's what we face every day."