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Danvers Teen Charged With Killing Teacher Needs More Security, Prosecutors Say

BOSTON — Prosecutors have asked for strict security for a Danvers teenager charged with killing his teacher after he allegedly attacked a female youth worker this month.

In court papers released Thursday at the request of The Salem News, Essex County prosecutors said 15-year-old Philip Chism slipped away from caregivers before the June 2 incident at a youth facility in Boston.

Prosecutor Kate MacDougall said Chism crept along a common hallway “crouched down out of view,” followed the woman to a locker room and tried to choke her while holding a pencil. Other workers came to the woman’s aid when she screamed.

Chism is at Worcester State Hospital for evaluation.

Chism pleaded not guilty to robbing, raping and killing 24-year-old Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer after following her into a restroom last October.

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  • Dennis

    He should be sent to Cedar Junction where his peers can take care of the situation.

    • brettearle

      Your point, of course, is that a Lynching should take place in prison.

      What we all really need–and we have you to remind us of it, so benevolently
      –is to see felons kill each other.

      We salute your thinking–which seems to be filled with the highest generosity of Spirit.

      • fun bobby

        I am sure deep down he is a sweetheart

        • brettearle


          Any other words, about your comment, just don’t cut it.

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