Student Kills Teacher, Massachusetts police say they linked a 14-year-old high-school student to the murder of math teacher Colleen Ritzer through video surveillance — and his own words.
Philip Chism, a freshman at Danvers High School, was charged as an adult with first-degree murder. He was ordered held without bail at a Wednesday afternoon arraignment in Salem, Mass.
A criminal complaint states authorities “learned from an interview of the juvenile suspect and video surveillance recovered at the school” that the suspect assaulted and killed Ritzer and then dumped her body.
Ritzer, 24, was found just after midnight in the woods near the school, about a half-hour outside Boston. Blood was found in a second-floor bathroom at the school, authorities said.
Authorities did not discuss a motive or say how the teacher — who was in a graduate program on school counseling — was killed.