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Pre-Trial Hearing set in Mass. Teacher Slaying

10-23 Danvers HighSchoolSALEM, Mass. (AP) — Prosecutors and a lawyer for a 14-year-old boy accused of killing his high school math teacher are due in court this week for a pretrial conference.

Philip Chism pleaded not guilty last month to murder, aggravated rape and armed robbery charges in the Oct. 22 death of Colleen Ritzer, a teacher at Danvers High School.

Chism is accused of killing Ritzer in a school bathroom after she asked him to stay after school for extra help. Ritzer’s body was found in woods near the school with her throat slit and a note reading, “I hate you all.”

A pretrial hearing is scheduled Thursday in Salem Superior Court. Chism is being held without bail and is not expected to attend the hearing.

Chism had recently moved to Danvers from Tennessee.


  • Jake

    Let this n****r ride the lightning!!

  • Nyrebel9

    I hope this monster is locked up for life! He is evil! My heart breaks for the poor teacher who was mauled by this beast!

  • missrena

    Wow! I’m appalled that people still use racial slurs and its allowed left in the comments of news 40…. smh. I get the freedom of speech and all but that’s uncalled for, like seriously! I am white and know that there are good and bad in every family. I can’t even say race because really there is no one race, its society and how you are raised. Shame on your mother and father for not teaching you any better.

  • missrena

    Ha ha I forgot to leave my comment about the story at hand!
    Anyhow I feel bad for all the family members involved. To lose someone you love to a tragedy as this and to have someone you love actually do this tragic killing must be hard. Prayers and blessings going out to all involved.