(NECN: John Moroney, Danvers, Mass.) - It's the end of a very difficult day at Danvers High School, where they tried to get back to the business of learning after a 14-year-old student was accused of killing his teacher in the building this week.
The school reopened for the first time Friday morning after a popular teacher, Colleen Ritzer, was found dead in the woods behind Danvers High.
One of her students - Phil Chism - is now charged with the 24-year-old math teacher's death.
The youngster allegedly attacked his teacher in a bathroom with a box cutter before removing her body from the building.
Ritzer's students said they found it very tough to go back into her classroom. Students said the day started with an assembly before they were sent to their scheduled classes.
There was increased security at the high school because of what happened. And while Friday was the first day back, few expect the next several months will be easy, especially for the some of the students.
The Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF) is accepting gifts in support of the Colleen Ritzer Memorial Scholarship. Gifts may be made online here or mailed to:
Essex County Community Foundation
175 Andover Street
Danvers, MA 01923