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Classmate Says Ritzer Asked Chism to Stay After Class to Go Over Exam

According to classmates, math teacher Colleen Ritzer asked the student who is now charged with her murder to stay after class to go over any questions he had on an upcoming test.

Colleen Ritzer. Credit: Courtesy
Colleen Ritzer. Credit: Courtesy
In the hours immediately leading up to her death, Colleen Ritzer apparently asked Philip Chism to stay after class on Tuesday to talk over any questions he had on an upcoming algebra exam.

A 14-year-old female freshman tells the Boston Globe she was in the same algebra class as Chism. Ritzer was their teacher. It was the 24-year-old Andover resident's second year at Danvers High.

The classmate told the Globe she overheard Ritzer ask Chism to stay after school and if he had any questions on learning equations.

Another female classmate said she walked by the room around 3:15 p.m. about an hour after class ended. She told the Globe Ritzer was standing at her computer and Chism was seated -- nothing appeared unusual.

A manager at Hollywood Hits Cinema says Chism entered the theater and purchased a ticket for the movie "Blue Jasmine" around 4:30 p.m., according to various news reports. 

Authorities have yet to officially shed light on the timeline of events leading up to and after Ritzer's death beyond four basic points -- the time of surveillance footage showing Chism entering a school bathroom (2:45 p.m.), the time he was reported missing (5:34 p.m.), when a call came in saying Ritzer was missing (11:17 p.m.) and when Chism was found in Topsfield (12:30 a.m.).

Authorities do have ample school surveillance footage, however, from which they determined Chism attacked and murdered Ritzer.

Prosecutors have not offered any motive for the killing. Chism is being charged as an adult for first-degree murder.
BobBaft October 25, 2013 at 02:49 PM
@Charles Westmoreland: Bring on on, BOY!
Anonyamous October 25, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Donald Sprouls R-A-C-I-S-T N-U-T C-A-S-E. Did I spell it right ? Hopefully Chism will admit why he killed his teacher too, who was simply trying to help him . But I don't think you can help nuts cases who kill just like you would if you had a chance. So you see you really are not that different from Chism. Chism kills his teacher and you would of killed Lincoln for freeing the Slaves. Both are deranged killers and a danger to society. Your hatred is a danger to society and to the offspring you breed. There are many ways to kill people financially and psychological. So be careful because Karma has a way of coming back at you.
Steve Evans October 25, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Anonyamous…you can't even spell your own name. Sorry that I did not see your racist rants, as I went and made a very large gift for research for a disease that largely targets African American women and I am Caucasian. I truly hope that none of my money goes to racists like you or yours.
bob young October 25, 2013 at 03:10 PM
I am so out of this discussion board. It's gotten really nasty and bizarre
Anonyamous October 25, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Steve Evans So vile and filled with hate. May be you should use the research money to figure out why you are a bunch of racist nuts ? Who want to attack anyone who tell you the truth. Who think they have a right to cause human suffering. No one get out of the world alive perhaps you should save the money for you and your family.
Anonyamous October 25, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Steve Evans Once again you are being a nasty racist man. Just can't help yourself can you. Well there are many diseases targeted at different racist. I believe the Jews have tourette but you are targeting African American Woman. You are a sick person and it is too bad that you don't know it. They say the really crazy people don't know they are crazy, But reading your comments is evidence of it.
Steve Evans October 25, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Statistical facts back up the fact that the vast majority of people with the disease that I support are women of color. I have no hate in my body against African Americans, Caucasians, Hispanics, Muslims or any other religion. I can't stand people who are racists, bigots, or hateful people, and you fall into all 3 categories. No more responses. I do not debate with racists, bigots, or hateful people. I am targeting African American women because I raise $10s of thousands a year to help them? You are very ill and I feel very sorry for you. I hope that you don't have a family and know that you do not have any friends!
alski October 25, 2013 at 03:32 PM
This was a one sided infatuation and not on the part of the teacher.IMO
alski October 25, 2013 at 03:36 PM
Anyone who believes that he ( the killer) did this because the teacher made advances towards him is as goofy as a three dollar bill. He may have intended on raping her but once the slashing took place the result probably sickened even him.
Anonyamous October 25, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Steve Evans you are a evil nasty racist man. Now you are taking about African American diseases. You say you have no hate against any race. You are a delusional nut everything you said was evil and racist and the fact that you are targeting African American woman and dieases is evidence of that. You will die to someday, so be careful what you wish on other people. God may make you eat those sick things you say. I think you should donate the money to tourette disorder instead of African Americans Woman that you hate. When you are on your death bed may be the research will help you.
Anonyamous October 25, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Steve Evans I get it you must experiement on African American Woman to see how you can kill them. A evil and hateful racist man like yourselve Could not help a fly!! And everything you wish upon me will come back to you.
Janie D. October 25, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Wow do we have to watch two absolute extremes ranting on and on and on trying to win their own sidebar? It seems both "Anonyamous" and "Donald Sprouls" are fighting their own race wars to the death and overlooking the fact that a young, beloved teacher was brutally murdered by a student late for soccer practice and dinner. It would seem that in itself is extreme enough without all the one-upmanship going on between the two of you. And just to point out...BOTH of you are "hiding" behind a website...as the rest of us are doing simply by commenting on this page via our computers.
alski October 25, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Also everyone assumes he brought the box cutter to school. Has this been verified. Maybe the box cutter was in the classroom? Or another room of the school. My guess is he's not providing a motive because it is just as simple as that. He sees the recent rash of young high school teachers and I'll admit some of them quite attractive starting sexual relationships with a student. When this fantasy of his did not come to fruition he was enraged. He felt rejected and / or embarrassed of any advances he may have made towards her and he killed her. You can bet once he admits his motive it's going to be something so plain and so simple and stupid as that. And all of that points the finger at him. THAT is why he isn't talking.
Anonyamous October 25, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Steve Evans Black people suffer from every diseases more than white. They have more of everything because they have more stress in society. So do yourselve a favor keep your money for research on American American Woman. You don't need to spend money to know that you are killing black people with oppressing and stress. Look at this blog this was about a teacher who gets murdered. yet some you want to attack Obama and then the lynch mob begins. Now it goes into a bizarre ugly place which is what is happening in society. Black people have shorter lifespan thanks to all the stress they experience. Even when you kill them off early and ensure most are behind bars or can't reach there potential life you are not happy, you still continue to HATE, HATE, HATE.
bob young October 25, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Everyone stop it already!!! This discussion is no longer useful, helpful, polite or respectiful.
Carrie October 25, 2013 at 04:46 PM
This poor 24 year old teacher is dead and she and her family are the only ones I care about, not the killer. There is no excuse for what he did. Not that he had a tough family life, which I am now hearing, because many Americans also had a tough family life. There is no excuse for what he did.
alski October 25, 2013 at 04:48 PM
One final note. The comments made by school officials are absolutely absurd. We are doing everything possible to assure safety of the students. Locking side doors etc...Hello!!?? The killer WAS a student!! If you can't say something intelligent don't say anything at all. Maybe when all is said and done this kid was just looking for his " fifteen minutes of fame" Cover of the Rolling Stone. That's what they did with the Boston Marathon bomber isn't it?? and wait this incident was where??? Was it in Massissippi?? nooooo Massicago????? Go ahead keep glorifying these murderers and this crap will continue to happen.Go ahead lock more doors on the school and make it harder for kids to get out when disaster strikes. That is the most ridiculous comment I've heard yet on this whole matter and it came from school officials. I give up. Rest in peace Ms. Ritzer. My prayers to her family. This never should have happened. He (the MURDERER) obviously followed her to the restroom and blindsided her. May he rot in hell for all of eternity.
Anonyamous October 25, 2013 at 07:36 PM
This was written by a teacher name James Mulhern. I have been a teacher for twenty-four years. During that time period, I have been impressed by the kindness, character, and compassion of so many students. Obviously, we cannot generalize about the behaviors and actions of young peoplein our society by the heinous actions of a few. We do, however, need to examine the cause for increasingly sociopathic and character-disturbed behavioramong some young individuals. I would like to suggest that there aremultiple reasons, and not one factor alone that can be viewed as the source of increased violence. Perhaps one element that may contribute to a rise insociopathy in our society (not just among the young) is an increasingly technological society that encourages relationships with things--iphones, ipods,ipads, video games, computers, etc., over relationships with people. For example, the recent shooting on a train in San Francisco, when most people were oblivious to the murderer who was waving his gun before he shot the college student. Young people, as neuroscience tells us, are still in the process of developing the ability to empathize throughout their teen years. The prefrontal cortex, the seat of judgement and decision-making, is not completely mature, we now know, until one reaches his/her early twenties. Perhaps this relationship with "things" is fostering what the philosopher Martin Buber would call an I/it relationship with other human beings rather than an I/thou relationship. In other words, our technological culture may be contributing to the development of minds that see fellow human beings as things, that when destroyed, do not affect us emotionally; some members of society never truly develop the gifts of compassion and love because of our changed world. Of course this is only a hypothesis, but I present it as food for thought. Put down that electronic device, have a face-to-face conversation, and learn to love.
Anonyamous October 26, 2013 at 07:54 AM
To Steve Evans your remarks were so disturbing especially when you choose to attack African American Women. When I was in College over 20 years I worked at Spectrum for living. Most of people there were WHITE. I remember one client who was a young white male who had cerebal Palsy confined to wheelchair. I had to help him shower and help wash his ass. I remember being assigned to drive him to Chilton Memorial Hospital to pay his last respect to his mother who was dying. Look you vile nasty monster. When I put on my gloves I never looked at people whether they were WHITE OR BLACK. I treated that client like his was family because he needed help. I worked at Mid Bergen which is now Care Plus when I first graduate from college most of the people who lived in the group home were white. I drove through Rio Vista in Mahwah behind a bus which picked up handicap children I noticed there were a lot of children with special needs. Don't tell me what I am going to achieve in life because God already know my heart and I have been tested. But Bill Shafer, Donald Sproul- your lynch mob- what have you done with your life to make this a better place ? So save your research money for your own people, what you said about African American Woman is unbelievable you sound like Dr. Death a mad scientist someone who is experiementing and killing Black people like the concentration camp. I know you cold blooded racist devils haven't achieve half of things that I have already done with my life.
Steve Evans October 26, 2013 at 10:35 AM
Anonyamous…you seriously need help. I have raised so much money for a disease that is developed 90% by women and African Americans develop it 3 times more than Caucasians, which is what I am. That is a FACT, something that you know NOTHING about. You are disturbed and your comments are disturbing and racist. Keep up your hatred ma'am. You have accomplished nothing in your miserable life and I thought that I had deleted everything from you. I voted for Barack Obama, another one of your pathetic diatribes, as I thought he was more qualified than Romney. He is a terrible leader, not because he is half African American and half Caucasian, but because he is a horrific President. That being said, he is a better President than George W. Bush, a person that I never voted for. What I said about African American women is that they get a disease 3 times the rate of Caucasians, and other women of color also get it at an alarming rate. Despite your unbelievable hatred, I will continue to raise money for that disease. I will continue to help people of all races despite your hatred. I know that you need help and I just hope that you NEVER get one cent of my money. The only people that I have ZERO tolerance for are people like you: a racist, a bigot, and a hater! I attacked NOBODY. YOU MA'AM ATTACK EVERYBODY!
Steve Evans October 26, 2013 at 01:37 PM
I am not doing any research! I am raising money for research to be done! And the organizations that I raise money for are NONE of your pathetic business! You ma'am are the one blinded by hate and jealousy. I hate nobody except for hateful and racist bigots like you. I will not open one more message from you. Not one person supports your hateful rants. You are everything that is wrong with our great country. I voted for Obama, but he has been a terrible President. Facts back that up. He is also better than the last guy. PS: My ass is not big, but you will just make up stupid comments, as there is ZERO credibility to anything that you say. And PS again: You still cannot spell. It will help you greatly when you get past middle school. Game over ma'am! I had the last word which is factual. Post again and you are talking to yourself! You probably do that a great deal, as I know you have no friends and I pray that you do not have a family!
J October 27, 2013 at 08:19 AM
Anonyamous...(note that the red line under your screen name means you spelled it wrong) Why are you posting your hateful racist rants under this article? A 24 year old woman was brutally murdered. Are you that ignorant that you feel the need to post your disrespectful nonsense rants under this article?
Steve Evans October 27, 2013 at 10:52 AM
J…give it up. That lady who calls herself Anonyamous (red-lined as you said proving incorrect spelling) has no clue about life. She states in another racist rant that I stated that I raise money for African American women. I never said that. I stated that I raise money for a disease that largely affects women of color. She says that she does not know me and I am a gutter rat and words of the the lowest level of life. She is looking in the mirror and seeing herself. I truly hope that she took my advice and went to church this morning to try and get help. I went to early service and prayed for her to be able to rid herself of hatred, bigotry, and racism. She is exactly what is wrong with our country!
John Castelluccio (Editor) October 27, 2013 at 03:07 PM
Several comments were deleted from this thread because they were little more than readers attacking each other with personal insults. This is not a forum for hate speech, bickering, making personal attacks, etc. If you wish to actually discuss the story and some larger related issues, that's fine.
Steve Evans October 27, 2013 at 03:15 PM
John...you did not remove one post from Anonyamous and every intelligent poster on this site has attempted to shut him off. If you are truly the editor, shame on you. I will never visit this site again!
John Castelluccio (Editor) October 27, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Steve, I removed posts from Anonyamous and others. The point again, is to rise above making personal attacks at each other and actually have a discussion.
Steve Evans October 27, 2013 at 07:48 PM
John Castelluccio…go back and look at this thread and see who the hateful one is. Anonyamous did not make one post that was not a personal attack. Glad to have been a past participant, but NEVER again. He/she is hateful, racist, and a bigot. I despise hateful people who are racists and bigots. I wish you luck as you did not do a very good job of removing his/her racist rants!
Parrotthead October 28, 2013 at 01:27 AM
Chalk another one up 'for Trayvon!' Justice for Colleen! Caucasians, time to roll!
Lisa Berger October 28, 2013 at 09:37 AM
As Usual everyone gets caught with the nonsense of Race, Creed, or Color.....SO sad A young beautiful woman's life was taken and also a young man took his own life (un- knowingly)(my opinion) Who's going to win. No one. For the record Mr. Anonymous, Tourette's is not a disease that follows the Jewish people.. It can happen to anyone. Tay- Sachs Disease is what you are thinking of, I do not know your religion nor do I care. I finally learned after 53yrs that I don't say anything unless I no i'm right... Why don't you read The History of Tay-Sachs Disease.
Parrotthead November 21, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Colleen was "raped with an object" by Chism while she was still alive. That was not a nice thing to do and now he needs to apologize to her. Yes, an apology is in order.

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