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Teen Accused of Stabbing Teacher to Death 'Kept to Himself'

Teen Accused of Stabbing Teacher to Death 'Kept to Himself' | Current Events | Scoop.it

Despite his towering presence at 6-foot-2, teammates said Chism "just kept to himself" at soccer practice every day.

"[There was] nothing really bad about him. He wasn't a mean kid, did fine," Kyle Cahill, another player on the soccer team, said. "[This] just came out of the blue. [It's] just surreal and surprising to me."

Chism was initially reported missing on Tuesday and members of the school soccer team said they quickly banded together to look for their teammate.

Cahill said they wondered if the new kid in town had simply got lost going home "because he doesn't know his way around."

"We just went out looking for him...just [to] see if he was anywhere we could try and find him," Cahill said.

Read the Inspiring Tweets of Slain Teacher Colleen Ritzer

Police said Chism was found Tuesday night in a neighboring community.

When students learned school was closed today, they worried the 14-year-old had been abducted.

Chris Weimert, another student at Danvers High School, said students knew something serious had happened when rumors of a homicide began to spread around town.

"That's when everything spiraled out of control. Twitter blew up," he said.

Chism, who is being charged as an adult, was booked into jail at 5:33 a.m. this morning, according to a copy of the booking sheet obtained by ABC News.

The teen remained silent during his first court appearance today where he was charged with murdering Colleen Ritzer, 24, who taught math at Danvers High School. He was dressed in a white jail jump suit and exhibited little emotion.


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littlebytesnews's curator insight, October 24, 2013 11:14 PM

They always seemed like such a nice guy, kept to themself or something similar....I guess the point is anyone can snap and has the potential to kill, but why he did it we may never know. 

 

My theory is he made a move on her and she resisted and he got upset....but then again who knows. Hopefully we find out but it won't matter one life is lost and the other is ruined...tragic story no matter what the reason for her killing was. 

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Teenager Carrying Replica Rifle Killed by Police

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A teenager carrying a replica AK-47 was shot and killed by police officers near Santa Rosa, California on Tuesday afternoon. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, police rolled up behind Andy Cruz in a squad car, confronted him about the perceived weapon, and as he turned around, one of the officers fired several rounds.

In a press conference, Lt. Paul Henry said that the officers reported that the barrel of the toy gun wasrising as Cruz turned around, and that "The deputy feared for his safety, the safety of his partner and the safety of the community members in the area."

Local police and the district attorney are investigating the incident, which has understandably angered many in the community. The 13-year-old's death appears to be a tragedy that could have been avoided, and one person described the police to the Chronicle as "trigger-happy." A statement from the Santa Rosa City School District said, "This is a tragic event for family, schools and the community. His administrators and teachers will remember him as kind, intelligent and capable."


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Andrew Tibbetts's curator insight, October 24, 2013 7:25 PM

Here is another tragic story that occured right here in California. Police officers approached a young teenager who was carrying a fake AK-47 replica. When the police said something to him, he turned around, was shot and killed. It's a very sad story and one where the blame is hard to place. I believe it could have been handled better by the police officer as it is thier duty to protect and serve. 

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Ji-Wei's curator insight, October 24, 2013 9:45 PM

In San Francisco, California a 13 year old teenager was killed carrying  replica AK-47. A squad officer pulled up to the boy to confront him about the weapon when he turned around and the officer shot him fearing for his safety. Many local residents are angered and are naming the cop as trigger happy. My question is whether the officer who had shot they teenager will face any punishment?

earthdog58's comment, November 1, 2013 7:26 AM
And so the gene pool is strengthened