TEEN ACCUSED OF BEATING TEACHER TO DEATH
A 14-year-old student, Phillip Chism, was charged Wednesday with murdering a beloved 24-year-old Massachusetts high school teacher.
The teen is charged with killing math teacher Colleen Ritzer of Andover whose body was found in the woods behind their school.
Police discovered Ritzer’s blood in a second floor bathroom late Tuesday night before her body was later found behind the school, Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett told reporters in a news conference on Wednesday.
Authorities have not revealed how the teacher was killed or what the motive might have been.ABC News said surveillance video inside the high school showed the student dragging Ritzer’s body from the bathroom toward the woods in what appeared to be a recycle bin.
The suspect, Chism, who recently moved to Massachusetts from Tennessee, was reported missing Tuesday after he failed to return home from school.
He was found by law enforcement in a neighboring community.