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Massachusetts Teen (14) Charged as Adult in Stabbing Death of Danvers Teacher

Posted by on Oct. 23, 2013 at 2:19 PM
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Massachusetts Teen Charged as Adult in Stabbing Death of Danvers Teacher

A 14-year-old Massachusetts boy was charged as an adult and held without bail today in the stabbing death of a beloved high school math teacher.

Philip D. Chism remained silent during his first court appearance today where he was charged with murdering Colleen Ritzer, 24, who taught math at Danvers High School. He was dressed in a white jail jump suit and exhibited little emotion.

The boy's lawyer put her hand on Chism's back and told the judge "he's only 14," but the judge replied that it was an "adult court and an adult proceeding."

A probable cause hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 22.

Prosecutors allege the teen, who was a transfer student to the school, stabbed Ritzer and then dumped her body in the woods behind the campus.

"She was a very respected, loved teacher," said Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett. "At 24 years of age it's a terrible tragedy for the entire Danvers community."

Police discovered Ritzer's blood in a second floor bathroom late Tuesday night before her body was later found behind the school, Blodgett said.

Blodgett declined to say what the motive might have been.

"The teacher was reported missing and as a result of that, and her not answering her cell phone, police instituted a search and found blood," Blodgett said.

Law enforcement sources told ABC News there is surveillance video inside the high school that shows the student hauling Ritzer's body from the bathroom toward the woods in what appeared to be a recycle bin. The school is a new building and is equipped with 130 cameras, officials said.

All public schools in Danvers were closed today.

Chism had been reported missing Tuesday after he failed to return home from school. He was found Tuesday night in a neighboring community.

Several student athletes at Danvers High School told ABC News the suspect was a junior varsity soccer player and said they had searched for him when told he was missing.

Ritzer was described by her students as an "amazing teacher."

Her passion for her students shined through on her Twitter account, where she described herself as a "math teacher often too excited about the topics I'm teaching."

Ritzer's family released a statement mourning their "beautiful daughter and sister."

"Everyone that knew and loved Colleen knew of her passion for teaching and how she mentored each and every one of her students. We would like to ask everyone to respect our privacy at this most difficult time. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers," the Ritzer family said.

Salem State, where Ritzer was a graduate student in the school counseling master's program, released a statement remembering the "dedicated teacher."

"She believed children have much to offer and often do not realize how special they are as individuals," the school said.

Earlier this week police in Danvers, a community north of Boston, had sent well wishes via Twitter to Sparks, Nev., after a school teacher was killed there by a student.

"Thoughts are with those families affected by the Sparks Middle School Shooting today & especially with 1st responders from Sparks PD," according to the Danvers Police Department Twitter feed.

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FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Oct. 23, 2013 at 2:22 PM
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Holy hell.

I have no problem with 'kids' being tried as adults.  Of course, it depends on the crime, the circumstances, etc.

From what little is in this article, seems he may have planned this?  

That poor family.  May she RIP.

pamelax3
by Gold Member on Oct. 23, 2013 at 2:23 PM

How sad!

survivorinohio
by René on Oct. 23, 2013 at 2:24 PM

So sad.  I dont know that 14 should qualify as an adult ever.

Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Oct. 23, 2013 at 2:26 PM

welp... time to call my sister and see how much she knows. 

rfurlongg
by on Oct. 23, 2013 at 2:26 PM

I agree with you.

Quoting survivorinohio:

So sad.  I dont know that 14 should qualify as an adult ever.


numbr1wmn
by Nikki on Oct. 23, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Sick. This is the next town from me. This kid should be locked away for good!

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Oct. 23, 2013 at 2:29 PM

 

14-year-old Philip Chism was reported missing hours before investigators found the body of Colleen Ritzer, 24, behind Danvers High School late Tuesday. He was later charged with her murder.

@DanversPolice via Twitter

14-year-old Philip Chism was reported missing hours before investigators found the body of Colleen Ritzer, 24, behind Danvers High School late Tuesday. He was later charged with her murder.



Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/massachusetts-math-teacher-found-killed-behind-school-14-year-old-boy-arrested-article-1.1493769#ixzz2iZTgfVzg
sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Oct. 23, 2013 at 2:30 PM

 

14-year-old Philip Chism was charged with killing math teacher Colleen Ritzer, 24 - who was found dead behind the school late Tuesday.

@DanversPolice via Twitter

14-year-old Philip Chism was charged with killing math teacher Colleen Ritzer, 24 - who was found dead behind the school late Tuesday.



Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/massachusetts-math-teacher-found-killed-behind-school-14-year-old-boy-arrested-article-1.1493769#ixzz2iZTuLQ7S
 
Colleen Ritzer, 24, was found dead late Tuesday after investigators found blood in a school bathroom.

Twitter

Colleen Ritzer, 24, was found dead late Tuesday after investigators found blood in a school bathroom.



Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/massachusetts-math-teacher-found-killed-behind-school-14-year-old-boy-arrested-article-1.1493769#ixzz2iZTyZ3tr
numbr1wmn
by Nikki on Oct. 23, 2013 at 2:31 PM

What does his face have to do with anything?

Seasidegirl
by Gold Member on Oct. 23, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Horrific

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