Philip Chism, Danvers Teen, Charged in Killing of Math Teacher Colleen Ritzer
Philip Chism, Danvers Teen, Charged in Killing of Math Teacher Colleen Ritzer

Philip Chism was charged with the murder of a Danvers High School teacher, Colleen Ritzer, according to reports on Wednesday.

Local broadcasters showed Chism, 14, in court on Wednesday. He pleaded not guilty, reported WCVB-TV.

According to Fox Boston, attorneys said that he will be held without bail. 

He will be charged as an adult in the case, the station said. A judge approved funds for a mental health evaluation, and officials will assess if he poses a potential threat to others.

No motive for the slaying of Ritzer was given. It is also unclear how she was killed.

The body of Ritzer., 24, was found in the woods near the Danvers High School. Blood was also found in the school’s bathroom, reported the Boston Herald. 

Law enforcement sources told ABC News that cameras inside the school caught a student taking Ritzer’s body from the bathroom and towards a recycling bin near the woods.

Other reports say that Ritzer was beaten to death.

Chism, who recently moved from Tennessee to Massachusetts, was spotted walking along Route 1 on 12:30 a.m, The Salem News reported.

The Danvers police Twitter account on Tuesday evening posted a photo of Chism and later said he was located safely. 

The Danvers Patch website reported that Chism, 14, was initially reported missing on Tuesday night. A public alert was released by police at around 10 p.m., saying he was seen last at the Hollywood Hits Cinema. Boston.com also reported that officials were searching for Chism last night, but officials would not confirm whether it was him, citing state law.

“We are all terrified. It’s very scary,” said Danvers junior Caitlin McBride, according to Boston.com. “No one will ever look at this school the same way anymore.”

A neighbor of the Ritzer family, Mary Duffy, echoed Blodgett’s statement.

“She always wanted to teach math. Her mother, I believe, is probably a math whiz,” Duffy told the Herald. “She was a quiet, pleasant girl with many friends. She was just like the ideal daughter. She is. This family is a family of America, They are the ideal family, they are friendly, they are loving, close,” she said.

Ritzer was a graduate of Salem State University, school officials said.

“Colleen was a bright and vibrant student in the School Counseling masters’ degree program. As a dedicated teacher, Colleen wanted to work with and help children with special needs. She believed children have much to offer and often do not realize how special they are as individuals,” school said in a statement.

  • Joseph Ettore

    I think he looks like Obama’s son. Looks just like him!

  • andreabeth7

    If we were permitted to live in communities with others of our own choosing, this would not be happening. Don’t hate. Separate.

    • jody38

      This kid looks half white.

      • funktologist

        Which means he’ll only spend HALF of his life in prison.

      • funktologist

        Can I serve you some food only HALF contaminated with e coli?

        • jody38

          Will you eat the other half you ignorant fool?

          • Dutra

            By your response, it appears as though he made his point.

      • Latin2

        So Obama is not black because his mother was white?

  • rob

    another beautiful person killed by these animals

  • jody38

    He looks half white.

    • funktologist

      Which means only half of his jungle DNA is suppressed. Stop with your PC B.S.

      • t1oracle

        And what jungle did you come out of?

        • funktologist

          Scandinavia.

          • t1oracle

            Ahh, Kristiansand Dyreparken? When did your handler’s let you out?

          • jody38

            So did you enter the country illegally?

    • andreabeth7

      You keep saying that he looks half white, yet you have zero proof that he is half white. He could be half Asian or half Arabic. Your point is nothing but conjecture.

    • Bertha Biggs

      So does Obama and we don’t want him either. One drop rule applies.

  • Dutra

    We didn’t need to see his photo. We already knew.

    • jody38

      But he looks half white. Do you know that too??

      • funktologist

        Like saying your hamburger is only HALF contaminated with e coli.

      • Dutra

        Oh, you mean like the ex Michael Jackson?

  • t1oracle

    You mean 7x more likely to be convicted of it. Casey Anthony murdered her own daughter, lied about it, and walked away. Until the media put a spot light on him, George Zimmerman was about to walk without even an investigation.

    Maybe you don’t know about these monsters:
    Jerry Sandusky (child molestation)
    Timothy McVeigh (bomb attack; 19-April-1995, Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, Oklahoma City)
    Terry Nichols (bomb attack; 19-April-1995, Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, Oklahoma City)
    Michael Fortier (bomb attack; 19-April-1995, Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, Oklahoma City)
    Lori Fortier (bomb attack; 19-April-1995, Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, Oklahoma City)
    Theodore Kaczynski (bomb attacks; too many to list)
    Wade Michael Page (shooting spree; 5-August-2012; Sikh Temple of Wisconsin)
    Adam Lanza (shooting spree; 14-December-2012; Sandy Hook Elementary)
    James Holmes (shooting spree; 20-July-2012; Aurora, Colorado)
    Jared Lee Loughner (shooting spree; 8-January-2011; Tuscon Metro Area, Casa Adobes, Arizona)
    Steven Kazmierczak (shooting spree; 14-February-2008; Northern Illinois University)
    Jeff Weise (shooting spree; 21-March-2005; Red Lake Senior High School)
    Ryan T. Furlough (shooting spree; 1-January-2003; Centennial High School Elliot City, Maryland)
    Jason Hoffman (shooting spree; 22-March-2001; Granite Hills High School)
    T.J. Solomon (shooting spree; 20-May-1999; Heritage High School)
    Eric Harris (shooting spree; 20-April-1999; Columbine High School)
    Dylan Klebold (shooting spree; 20-April-1999; Columbine High School)
    Kip Kinkel (shooting spree; 21-May-1998; Thurston High School)
    Mitchell Johnson (shooting spree; 1-March-1998; Westside Middle School)
    Andrew Golden (shooting spree; 1-March-1998; Westside Middle School)
    Eric Robert Rudolph (bombing; 27-July-1996, 26-January-1997, 21-February-1997, 29-January-1998; Atlanta GA and Birmingham AL)
    Michael Carneal (shooting spree; 1-December-1997; Heath High School)
    Luke Woodham (shooting spree; 1-October-1997; Pearl High School)
    James Wilson (shooting spree; 26-September-1988; Greenwood Elementary)
    Laurie Dann (shooting spree; 20-May-1988; Winnetka, IL Elementary School)

    • Bertha Biggs

      Add up all the white spree killers victims combined and you have about one year’s worth of murders in Chicago alone.

      • t1oracle

        Chicago has a poverty and drug problem, and if you do not also implicate the people who are profiting from and purchasing those drugs then you will miss the total picture fueling the trend. Most of the people in that greater picture are not black.

        • jody38

          AMEN!!

        • MarxistMangler

          Black crime rates are universal; the geography is irrelevant. If you were to check murder rates by nation Black and Mestizo nations top the lists, at the bottom you’ll find North Asian and White nations. It’s in the genes.

          • jody38

            Whites are devils. It’s in the genes.

          • funktologist

            And you’re psycho-religious, too. Fun.

          • Barbara Hawley Berka

            Ok Jody..I was on your side for a minute..Don’t fight stupidity with stupidity..

          • andreabeth7

            Why are you posting on the Internet that was invented by the White Devil?

          • t1oracle

            Way to ignore, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the countless millions that are killed every day by war, poor working conditions, pollution, and poverty imposed upon on the world by the wealthy elites who have an insatiable demand for cheap labor. In fact most of the incarcerations in America are being driven by the multi-billion dollar prison industrial complex that demands a constantly supply of cheap prison labor.

            Of course I wouldn’t expect a mind as unevolved as yours to think about any complex matter with any sort of depth.

          • MarxistMangler

            This is totally irrelevant in regards to the irrefutable fact the Black and Brown nations have far higher crime rates than White and North Asian nations. Way to stay on topic, genius.

          • t1oracle

            The cause of crime is absolutely relevant to any crime statistic. To discuss one without addressing the other is incredibly simple-minded, and only serves to further demonstrate your apparent ignorance.

          • Barbara Hawley Berka

            Is stupidity in the genes as well? A dominant gene among your predecessors I guess..

        • Bertha Biggs

          Nobody forces blacks to sell drugs and kill each other off like flies. Chicago is just one city where the’s homicide rates beat all of the spree shooter victims combined. Add in all the individual shooters in Ookland, Gary and the rest and the handful of spree shooters become a moot point.

          • t1oracle

            Nobody forces you to act like an ignorant racist foolish enough to connect melanin content to behavioral patterns, but hear we are. You might well tell me about how paint colors determine the acceleration of a car. I present to you the factors behind the statistics and you continue on repeating the same simple minded drivel like some brainless automaton. Is there anyone inside or is some KKK script running an infinit loop?

    • rob

      That list would be 10,000X longer if you added the black males who commited murder in the US during that time frame

    • jody38

      The list can go on and on. Just look at the reality crime shows. Whites have been committing horrific crimes for centuries not to mention the countless crimes committed against blacks since slavery!!!

      • Jenkem Jones

        Yeah, and they were able to extract Dinosaur DNA from mosquitoes in amber and they used it to clone them for a Dinosaur wild animal park.

    • MarxistMangler

      No. I mean 7x as likely to commit it. It’s also universal:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_intentional_homicide_rate

      The nations which have the most murders are Mestizo and Black. The least murders are North Asian and White. It isn’t a coincidence.

    • TheDutchRudder

      Joseph Kony trumps them all…

      • t1oracle

        Who put in power supplying him with money and weapons? If you follow any great tragedy far enough you’ll often find the origin is always a wealthy elite or a first world country with a massive military budget. Open some books and educate yourself.

  • funktologist

    Segregation NOW!

    • jody38

      Buyers remorse, huh?

      • MarxistMangler

        When Mars is terraformed and colonized we’ll be sure to pick our own cotton this time around.

        • jody38

          Please start packing now!! I’ll be looking for to your exit. You and your kind.

          • funktologist

            And who’s going to keep the planet functioning when we’re gone? Look at Detroit.

          • jody38

            What do you care? Just go. Oh and I’m not black by the way. I just loved putting ignorant white folks as yourself in your place. So just leave the country. PLEASE!!!

          • funktologist

            Oh. You’re brainwashed. Got it.

          • Barbara Hawley Berka

            Jody..I’d ignore this dolt..,He’s an ignoramus of the highest order who probably gets his jollies trying to piss people off…you have to forgive the intellectually impaired..they don’t know any better..

          • LoJoFo

            Yes. Poor Jody.

      • funktologist

        Nope. We should have just returned the merchandise when the job was done.

        • jody38

          Glad to hear you owned up to what you have done to this country.

        • trimmer

          Barbara and Jody are paid gov’t shills. Easy to spot after observing their pattern of argument. So don’t get too excited by their lack of intelligence. They are flat out pretending to be this stupid and ignorant of the facts. A dead give away every time!

  • jody38

    This boy looks half white. So did the white part of him commit the murder? You people are pathetic. Every time a black person commits a horrific crime, they’re labeled a thug and you throw around phrases like “typical black behavior” but when a whites commits a crime they simply have “mental issues”. Whites have been committing murders for centuries. Horrific crimes have been committed by all races but it seems the only ones that I’ve seen lately in the news are whites and blacks.

  • tony tan

    He looks like a young Obama!!!

  • tony tan

    Strange, doesn’t he look like a young Obama?

    • ThomasNeidhart

      a lost mind would disparage such a well behaved man like that. regardless of the other statistics which I certainly can understand people’s frustrations over, to mock such a noble and smart man like Obama like you did merely implies you should never, under any circumstances, procreate.

      • Jenkem Jones

        Why don’t you go pay President Obama’s thousands of dollars of unpaid parking tickets. He never felt that the law applied to a scoff-law like him. And President Obama lied about Trayvon Martin, if that’s your idea of good behavior, I’d hate to see how any children reared by you would act.

      • sevines

        I hope you are being sarcastic.

  • tony tan

    Lock him up and throw the key away. What a beautiful young life he took.

  • jody38

    White men have raped black women for centuries. Not to mention lynching black men!!

    • Bertha Biggs

      Do you mean like Tawana Brawley or the Duke LaCrosse “rapes”? “Gary LaFree’s rape data for the 45-year period revealed that blacks were arrested for rape an average of 6.52 times more often than whites.

    • Dutra

      Maybe you, but not me!

  • Madrigal Man

    He just wanted her skittles and tea.

  • REALLY!!!!!

    whites are 95x as likely to mass murder, 25x likely to get away with it… lets not go there. whites are safer around blacks then they are around there own. …not sure you know but you are a unsuccessful abortion… go ask your parents?

  • Stephen Reb

    What happened with serial killers, almost all of whom are white?

    • Dutra

      Oh, like the latest one at the DC Naval shipyard.

    • Dutra

      White? You forgot to add the “liberal” in front of the “white”.

    • Inclement Weather

      That’s not true. Blacks are still disproportionately represented among serial killers, just not as much as they are on other crimes.

    • Latin2

      Actually according to TRUE stats blacks commit more serial rapes and murders than whites for their numbers.

  • alan

    Obama has lots of sons.

  • marco polo

    Sources say teacher asked him to stay after so she could help with math.so he killed her and went to a movie.he totally wanted to leave school!

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