Philip Chism’s attorney issues statement on behalf of his mother

Monday, October 28, 2013

Good morning:

Philip Chism’s attorney issued the following statement:

On October 22, 2013, two families were unexpectedly and inconceivably changed forever. Ms. Chism’s heart is broken for the Ritzer family and the loss of their daughter and sister Colleen Ritzer.

Ms. Chism would like you to know that her son was born in love and is dear to her, very dear. She is struggling to understand this and respectfully asks for some time to process this.

She asks that you know that she cares for the world’s hurt over this and greatly hopes for your prayers for the Ritzer family, the Danvers community, for her son, and all those affected by this tragedy.

Collen Ritzer will be buried today.

8 Responses to Philip Chism’s attorney issues statement on behalf of his mother

  1. What a dastardly act! What a job hazard for a harmless young girl…rest in peace miss ritzer. Your

  2. Malisha says:

    The attorney seems to me to be top-drawer! What an eloquent and appropriate statement the mom issued! This is how people caught in horrible circumstances can sometimes act — it shows courage under stress and a kind of elegant humility. My sympathy goes out to this woman. OMG, just imagine a family member is arrested for this kind of crime, there you are, what do you say? Unthinkable.

  3. bettykath says:

    There is definitely more to this story. If he accepts a plea deal we might never know it, especially if it would taint the memory of the young white teacher.

  4. MichelleO says:

    I wonder if it will come out that these two carried on some sort of sexual or romantic relationship. Of course, this does not excuse the young man’s behavior. But so much is in the news these days about teachers partying, sexing, and having babies with their young students. It’s like some sort of epidemic.

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