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Published: Sat, November 04, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Student arrested after rubbing used tampon on roommate's backpack

Student arrested after rubbing used tampon on roommate's backpack

The backlash on social media and on campus prompted the University's president, Greg Woodward, to release a statement condemning the "deeply upsetting" incident and setting the record straight on how the campus has responded.

Unsatisfied with the school's handling of the situation, Rowe posted her video, in which she explains how she had suffered from persistent throat pain since moving in with Brochu.

"Rubbing bloody tampons on my things, . she posted pictures of my Steve Madden bag that I had been sleeping next to the whole time on my bed with blood stains on it", Rowe told local station WTIC TV.

Rowe believes Brochu's actions were racially motivated, especially since her former dormmate called her "Jamaican Barbie".

Woodward said he has met at length with Rowe and offered whatever support from the university she may need.

"It gave me a chance to step outside my comfort zone", said Rothschild. "It kind of surprises me that this isn't a thing that's [generally] on the menu for programs that residence halls offer". In addition to rubbing her used tampons over Rowe's belonging, Brochu reportedly spit in Rowe's coconut oil, put mold in her lotions, and put Rowe's toothbrush "where the sun doesn't shine". It's not something we should just push away.

UHart said it is working to make sure all students feel safe, respected and valued.

Christopher Krajcik, a sophomore who is white, said: "I think students are definitely disappointed and disgusted with what happened".

Shaun Harper, executive director of the University of Southern California Race and Equity Center, also said the Hartford case could be a lesson for having a proactive resident life program.

"I want people to know that it is wrong to ask questions like 'Is this a racial issue?' When one, black people, brown people know what they experience", said Roslyn Sotero of Waterbury.

Rowe also discussed the ordeal in a Facebook live post on Monday and said she had been feeling sick lately, but wasn't sure why.

"The conversations that began with student groups, faculty, and staff yesterday are going to continue and involve our full community", Woodard wrote.

Brochu did not comment during a brief court appearance in Hartford Community Court on Wednesday morning. She said in the video, and told West Hartford Police, she felt like a "ghost" in her room.

Brochu told police that she licked her former roommate's dining utensils and smeared body fluids on the woman's backpack, the Hartford Courant reported.

Brochu later confessed to licking Rowe's utensils and rubbing used tampons on Rowe's backpack, but told police that any other claims in the Instagram post were lies to "appear amusing".

As for students who find themselves in similar situations to what Rowe says she faced, Cohen offered some optimistic advice.

That's when Rowe's friends showed her Brochu's Instagram posts and videos, bragging about getting rid of "her Jamaican Barbie".

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