The nation mourned the death of two teachers this week both needlessly killed by students of their own, the latest being the death of Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer. According to ABC News, Ritzer offered suspect, student Philip Chism, 14, help after-school with math tutoring on the day of her murder.
She just asked him to stay after for help because he needed it," student Rania Rhaedaoui told ABC News.
Rhaedaoui told ABC News that while students were completing their homework in class on Tuesday, Ritzer noticed Chism drawing in his notebook. She expressed interest in Chism’s artwork.
"She connected with all of her students, so she knew if something was wrong or if you needed help with anything," Rhaedaoui said.
Police discovered Ritzer’s blood in the school’s second-floor bathroom Tuesday night before discovering her body behind the school. Chism was arrested Wednesday morning.
Chism is being accused of killing Ritzer Tuesday afternoon around 3:30 p.m. in the faculty bathroom. Investigators say surveillance cameras show him using what appears to be a recycling bin to dispose of her body. Investigators told ABC News Chism went to Hollywood Cinema after allegedly killing Ritzer.
Investigators are still determining a motive for the murder. Chism was charged as an adult Wednesday, pleading not guilty.