Teen went to movies after allegedly killing teacher

Teen went to movies after allegedly killing teacher

Teen went to movies after allegedly killing teacher

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by ABC News

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Posted on October 24, 2013 at 8:39 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 24 at 8:41 AM

A 14-year-old went to the movies after he allegedly stabbed a well-liked high school math teacher in Massachusetts, according to sources.

The suspect, Philip Chism, was charged as an adult Wednesday and ordered held without bail. He was charged with murdering Colleen Ritzer, 24, who taught math at Danvers High School, which Chism also attended. Chism has pleaded not guilty.

Police discovered Ritzer's blood in a second-floor bathroom late Tuesday night before her body was found behind the school, Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said Wednesday. Chism was arrested early Wednesday morning.

In the time between Ritzer's death and his arrest, Chism had gone to see Woody Allen's film, "Blue Jasmine," sources told ABC News.

Chism recently moved with his family from Tennessee to Danvers and joined the junior varsity soccer team at the school. Chism's uncle, Terrance Chism Blaine, who lives in Clarksville, Tenn., told ABC News affiliate WKRN-TV his nephew was "such a good kid."

"[He] might have been upset, you know teenagers go through that. He's 14, growing up still. That's the only thing that I can imagine. That's the only think that I can imagine because I can't imagine anything else. It's like a story-book kid. Perfect family," Blaine said.

Public schools in Danvers were closed Wednesday. All schools but the high school were set to hold classes Thursday, while the high school was scheduled to reopen for two hours so students could meet with counselors and grief specialists. All classes were set to resume Friday.

Meanwhile, a prayer vigil was held Wednesday night in Danvers outside the high school as hundreds of students and members of the community remembered Ritzer as a respected, dedicated teacher.

Read the full story from ABC News here.

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