Teen suspect saw movie moments after allegedly killing beloved Massachusetts teacher

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Colleen Ritzer

The 14-year-old student who authorities say murdered a beloved math teacher at a Massachusetts high school admitted to police that he slashed her throat with a box cutter, a source told MyFoxBoston.com.

Philip Chism, the suspect, told police that he followed Colleen Ritzer into the women’s restroom, punched her in the face and slashed her, the source told the station. Chism put the teacher’s body into a recycling bin and dumped it in the woods near the school, the source said.

The Boston Herald reported that Chism went to a movie theater to watch the 4:30 p.m. showing of Woody Allen’s new move, “Blue Jasmine” after he allegedly killed the teacher. The manager from Hollywood Hits theater in Danvers told the paper Chism “blended right in.”

Details of the murder remain unclear. During Chism’s arraignment, the prosecutor said evidence indicated that Chism “assaulted and subsequently murdered Colleen Ritzer and disposed of her body near the high school grounds.” He was held without bail.

Former students and friends, meanwhile, remembered the math teacher who was known for her enthusiasm for algebra.

Joe Spanos, a former teacher at Andover High School, knew Ritzer for about 10 years. He mentored her, she worked at his convenience store and, at times, babysat his children. Spanos said Ritzer was the kind of woman that you wanted your daughter to emulate.

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