- A freshman at Prairie View A&M University was hospitalized after her roommate poured bleach in her eyes, police say.
- University police told WFAA that Julisha Wyatt, 19, sustained “minor burns” on her body from the bleach.
- The incident happened when Wyatt and her roommate Brianna Esomchukwu, 18, were in the midst of a physical altercation.
- Esomchukwu’s status as a student is under review, a university spokesperson told WFAA.
- According to reports, Wyatt is OK.
A freshman at Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas, was reportedly hospitalized after her roommate poured bleach in her eyes, according to WFAA.
According to the outlet, police responded to a dispute between Brianna Esomchukwu, 18, and Julisha Wyatt, 19, on March 8. Prairie View A&M University Chief of Police Keith Jemison told the outlet that Esomchukwu then poured bleach into Wyatt’s eyes.
The 19-year-old was transported to a local hospital, where her eyes were flushed and she was treated for “minor burns,” according to NBC-affiliated WKYC.
Speaking to WFAA, Wyatt’s mother and aunt said that there had been some friction between the roommates – particularly since Wyatt complained to a resident advisor that their on-campus apartment smelled like marijuana, which they think contributed to the incident.
A tale of two photos.
Left, Garland teen Julisha Wyatt getting her eyes flushed out after they were doused with bleach.
Right, her college roommate Brianna Esomchukwu who is now facing charges.
— Matt Howerton (@HowertonNews) March 15, 2019
Following the March 8 incident, Esomchukwu was booked on a charge of aggravated assault, according to a Waller County Jail record reviewed by WFAA. A spokesperson for Prairie View A&M University told the outlet that the 18-year-old’s status as a student is currently being reviewed.
Lenell Wyatt, the student’s mother, said she was devastated when she heard what happened.
“You never think that you’re going to get a call saying your baby, your child, has had bleach thrown in her eyes,” Wyatt told WFAA.
Wyatt moved her family to Garland, Texas, from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina decimated their community.
The college freshman has been released from the hospital and is doing OK, according to reports. Although she has had to dispose of a few items that were damaged with bleach – including her laptop, her mother said.
Wyatt is currently on spring break, but when she returns to school in a few days she is expected to move out of the apartment she shares with Esomchukwu.
A representative for Prairie View A&M University didn’t immediately return to INSIDER’s request for comment.
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