The troubling trial of Phillip Chism: Should teenagers accused of murder be tried as adults?
WGBH - 11/18/2015
The murder trial of Philip Chism is disturbing on so many levels. The teenager is currently being tried in Salem on homicide and other charges stemming from the death of math teacher Colleen Ritzer in 2013 when Chism was just 14 years old.
First and foremost, the crime was horrific, involving a brutal attack in a school restroom and the callous discarding of the victim’s corpse in the woods. The premature loss of a much-beloved and devoted teacher who was only 24 years old has resonated throughout the Commonwealth.