14-year-old charged with murder of a young math teacher

Authorities charged 14-year-old Philip Chism Wednesday, with the murder of Colleen Ritzer. Ritzer’s body was found on Tuesday behind the school where she taught, after a search when she didn’t return home from work that day. All seven schools in the Boston town were closed Wednesday as a result of the investigation. It wasn’t clear why the district closed all of its schools after the discovery of Ritzer’s body.

Chism was arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Salem, Massachusetts. He is being charged with murder charge and was ordered to be held on no bond. Since Chism is underage, it is up to a grand jury to determine if he will be charged as an adult.

Authorities found Ritzer’s body after discovering blood in a second-floor bathroom of Danvers High School, where the 24-year-old taught math.

Chism had also been reported missing Tuesday afternoon, but was later found walking down a street and was arrested.

The connection between Ritzer and the boy was not clear.

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