Psychologist discusses healing in times of tragedy

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October 24, 2013, 7:40 am
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(NECN) – A beloved Danvers, Mass. teacher, 24-year-old Colleen Ritzer was found murdered Wednesday morning.

The teen accused of killing her, 14-year-old Philip Chism, is currently behind bars and could be tried as an adult.

Both Chism and Ritzer were reported missing Tuesday night.

When investigators went to the school, they found blood in a second-floor bathroom and eventually discovered Ritzer’s body in the woods.

Chism was later found walking in Topsfield.

Chism pleaded not guilty at his arraignment and is due back in court Nov. 22.

To discuss more on this case, we were joined by Rachel Merson, psychologist at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University.

She said that it’s our mission in the face of events like this to come together and talk about what happened and express emotion to grow and heal.

She said that whenever situation involving children happen we have to take into consideration the age and development of the child.

“There are always warning signs and things to be attentive to,” said Merson.

Tags: massachusetts, Danvers, vigil, Philip Chism, Colleen Ritzer, rachel merson
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