Danvers Massachusetts Student Phillip Chism, 14, Charged With Murdering Math Teacher

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Owen Poindexter
A high school student is charged with murdering a popular math teacher at his school in Danvers, Massachusetts. The teacher, Colleen Ritzer, was just 24 and much loved by her students.

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Colleen Ritzer, a popular math teacher in Danvers, Massachusetts, was murdered Tuesday night. Student Phillip Chism, 14, is being held as a suspect in the case. PHOTO: Twitter

A high school student is charged with murdering a popular math teacher at his school in Danvers, Massachusetts. The teacher, Colleen Ritzer, was just 24 and much loved by her students. She was found Tuesday night after she did not return home, and was not answering her cell phone. Investigators went to the school and saw blood on the floor of the second-floor bathroom. The details of her murder have not yet been released.

"She was the nicest teacher anyone could ever have. She always had a warm smile on her face," said Chris Weimert, 17, who took geometry with Ritzer last year.

The student, Phillip Chism was described by classmates as quiet and pleasant. He was found walking the streets of Danvers just after midnight on Wednesday morning. He has not been identified due to his age.

"He wasn't violent at all. He was really the opposite of aggressive," said Junior Kyle Cahill.

Weimert added that Chism "seemed like a good kid. It really threw the whole town of Danvers a curve ball."

Authorities said that there is no reason to believe that anyone else is involved, or that there is any present danger to students. Colleen Ritzer’s murder seems to be one horrible isolated incident that has shaken the entire town of Danvers.

In a horrible coincidence, this is the second incident this week in which a student killed a popular math teacher. A shooting in Nevada ended in the death of math teacher Mike Landsberry, and the shooter, a 12 year-old student.

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