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Chism 'Psychotic' After Attacking DYS Staff Member

Philip Chism. Photo credit: Patch file photo.
Philip Chism. Photo credit: Patch file photo.

Murder suspect Philip Chism was reportedly “psychotic” after he attacked a female Department of Youth Services staff member by choking, punching and stabbing her with a pencil in the bathroom.

Chism, who allegedly murdered Danvers High School math teacher Colleen Ritzer last October, attacked the worker at a juvenile facility earlier this month. He followed her into a bathroom before the attack, which is eerily similar to the murder. 

Chism reportedly attacked her with a pencil. The teenager also allegedly choked and beat the staff member before other staff could restrain Chism. 

The Boston Globe reported that a legal filing said Chism “presented immediately with psychotic symptoms, yelling, screaming incoherently, [and] foaming at the mouth” after staff members restrained him.

Read the full Boston Globe article.

Julie Greene June 26, 2014 at 09:05 AM
I know I do not know the full story here but I, too, have endured many stays in such "nuthouses." Most people imprisoned along with me were, like nyself, not "psychotic" (which is just nomenclature) nor did anyone have any reason to fear us. One thing we had in common: we were all misunderstood. Who would listen? Society had turned its back. It's time that such mass paranoia against people labeled "mentally ill" immediately end. Please love one another instead. Julie Greene (my real name) and her little dog, Puzzle
BeachGal June 26, 2014 at 01:26 PM
Bull! He is building an insanity case....practically duplicating the original attack - only this time he is being labeled "psychotic." Hope he doesn't get away with it.
JohnnyMass June 26, 2014 at 04:07 PM
Gas this puke! I really don't feel like paying for his keep for the next fifty years.
Brian F Hickman June 28, 2014 at 10:33 PM
This kid knew what he was doing when he "KILLED, RAPED...AND THEN PUT HER IN A TRASH CART, FOR A RIDE TO THE WOODS. All that brutal assault to a young caring high school teacher! Now he is putting on a show to build an insanity verdict! HE IS A KILLER!!

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