Colleen Ritzer Death: Philip Chism Charged With Murder of Massachusetts Teacher

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Philip Chism, a 14-year-old student has been charged with the murder of a 24-year-old Massachusetts math teacher, Colleen Ritzer, earlier this week.

Blood found in a second-floor school bathroom helped lead investigators to the body of Ritzer, who was allegedly dragged into the woods by Chism.

Chism was arraigned on a murder charge Wednesday and held without bail.

The Danvers, Mass., teenager, described by classmates as soft-spoken and pleasant, was found in a nearby town after he did not return home on Tuesday.

"We have no reason to believe that any other suspects are involved," Essex County D.A. Jonathan Blodgett said told reporters during a news conference.

Officials didn't release a cause of death and haven't discussed a motive in the Massachusetts teacher's killing. It is believed that he stabbed her to death.

A court filing said that Ritzer and Chism were known to each other from the high school, but it did not elaborate on the relationship between the two.

The arrest was made based on statements by the suspect and corroborating evidence at multiple scenes, area investigators said in court documents.

Ritzer's family said they are mourning the death of their "amazing, beautiful daughter and sister," who was beloved by her Danvers students as well.

"Everyone that knew and loved Colleen knew of her passion for teaching and how she mentored each and every one of her students," the family said.

At his arraignment in adult court, Chism's defense attorney, Denise Regan, argued for the proceeding to be closed and her client to be allowed to stay hidden.

The judge denied the request to keep his identity anonymous but granted Regan's request for the teenager to be given a mental-health evaluation.

A not-guilty plea was entered on Chism's behalf.

The tall, lanky teenager had moved to Massachusetts from Tennessee before the school year and was a top scorer on the school's junior varsity soccer team.


a shame that good quality white people are required to be in same room as out of control black people. if whites didn't have blacks around, there would be no more violence and there would be peace.


More black violence against whites. Look at 'New Nation News Black-on-White' online for hundreds more recent stories from around the USA of blacks torturing and murdering whites. The government and the national media is trying to hide these hundreds of stories from the public. Don't be a victim.

@ The Boogeyman

It's everywhere and the media would rather see harm to whites than to warn them. We are in it alone. Look after one another.


She may have been a nice person and a great teacher, but she had bad judgment. You don't step into the Ape cage at the Zoo, and you don't try to teach an ungrateful subhuman Math. RIP to her. Death to the Savage.


if they would keep white kids in a separate school, there would be no gun violence (in the white school at least).

@ SoReal

Why would you want to go back??



@ (((@)))+JOY++

Really Really


TODAY- after questioning Chism it is now known that Chism followed the teacher in the Restroom- punched her in the face, slashed her throat with a box cutter, put her in a recycle bin and DUMPED HER in the woods. No one saw this coming? Oh it gets better. Afterwards he goes to see a Woody Allen film at the local theatre. Still- silence amongst us huh? Threads were being shit out 50 a day on Zimmerman 100 posts deep and now it's SILENCE! Loud silence.


Why are you bringing up race, when you know good and well that anything less than white will get away with the crime. Last time I checked he was listed as white, but we know he looks mixed so let's not go there. Obama is busy trying to run the country that was being bullied by the republicans. Yes, we do need to come up with a better solution to make the educational systems more safe for teachers and other students as well. As far as parents are concerned are you a parent and if so you know that if you do everything to teach your child right from wrong you can't be predict what choices they will make in certain situations. Let's just hope this situation will bring schools and families closer together to instill the right beliefs in our future generation as to what isn't acceptable. It's not about race it's about respect to elders what the U.S. Seems to have a lack there of from children to elders. Also we need to bring that paddle back into the classroom possible to get the fear back into the students from the teachers.

@ Concerned citizen

Bullied by republicans as you sit and wait for free healthcare that I will pay for. Blacks will not join in ANY dialog because they are too sensitive, offended etc. it's impossible to reason with a black because race comes to the surface almost immediately. Your not from the USA are you? If this teacher was black /
student white- there would be protests throughout. Hope? Let's Hope? Why don't you hope.... Hope for a miracle. It's always about race- look around you - Democrats are nothing but race baiters and that includes Obama: IF I HAD A SON HE WOULD LOOK LIKE TRAYVON- no one is kidding anybody here- OKAY?

@ Go back to sleep

To answer your question yes I am from U.S., just had the opportunity to live abroad to experience other cultures. No sleep here just work. Also I pay for my private insurance through company. It doesn't bother you that we're behind the mark on so many levels like health care etc. Which country do you hear about the most with school shootings or security issues? Yes, my republican bullying comment was a bit brash, but need to give the president some credit for remaining in the messed that started before he got in. When I say hope, it's because this country needs a miracle to keep the schools safe from our own children now it's sad. I'm in school as well, plan on being amongst this mess. We need to put out more money into the school system to ensure safety of the teacher and the students. Also help instill the need to respect the elders. It's just so saddening to hear about shootings or killings every week. Our future, there is obviously something we need become aware of isn't looking so golden.


his parents need to be held responsible as well. How did a monster like this go without being noticed. Where are all the civil rights leaders? why is it black leaders disappear when a black is charged but they will rally when they are a victim? why isn't obama talking about this? its his educational system. a teacher is not even safe in a school?


Race has everything to do with it, ask Zimmerman, Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson, Obama..... It is at the forefront of every decision, accusation and choosing sides. For a president to take the time and comment on a local crime and say ... "if I had a son" proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is an obvious mindset and then come back later and revisit that same topic- it is a trend, it's a priority for him, it's important to him. Side stepping those who are in a certain category is only giving them a false since of security and it will continue to be a problem.- for everyone.


Race has got nothing to do with it. Murder is murder. No matter what goddamned color. It's all bad no matter how you cut it. And the murderer will pay for his crimes one way or the other.