published Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Soft-spoken teen accused of killing Massachusetts teacher

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    Philip Chism, 14, stands during his arraignment for the death of Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer in Salem District Court in Salem, Mass., on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. Chism has been ordered held without bail.
    AP Photo/Boston Herald, Patrick Whittemore

DANVERS, Mass. — A 14-year-old Massachusetts high school student charged with killing a teacher has been ordered held without bail.

Philip Chism was ordered held Wednesday at his arraignment in adult court on a murder charge in Salem.

His defense attorney, Denise Regan, argued for the proceedings to be closed and her client to be allowed to stay hidden because of his age. The judge denied the request. Regan declined to comment outside court.

Prosecutors say the teen beat well-liked Danvers High School math teacher Colleen Ritzer to death. Her body was found in the woods behind the school early Wednesday.

The boy also was reported missing Tuesday. He was spotted walking along a road early Wednesday.

He is due back in court Nov. 22.

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