Teen Charged in Teacher's Slaying Accused in New Attack

Philip Chism allegedly assaulted female youth-detention staffer

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 3, 2014 5:44 PM CDT

(Newser) – The 15-year-old Massachusetts boy accused of raping and murdering his math teacher last year allegedly attacked a female staffer at his youth-detention facility, police say. The woman is apparently OK and declined medical treatment at the scene, while Philip Chism has been taken to a hospital for an evaluation, reports the Boston Globe. Authorities aren't saying exactly what happened, but WCVB-TV reports that Chism can be seen on surveillance video carrying what appears to be a pencil and following the woman into a locker room.

After he began choking the woman, other staffers quickly pulled him away, reports the TV station, which points out that the scenario "bears a chilling resemblance" to how teacher Colleen Ritzer was murdered at Danvers High School last year. Chism is accused of following her into a school bathroom and killing her. He has pleaded not guilty in that case and is still awaiting trial.

Phillip Chism is led into court in Salem, Mass., in this 2013 file photo.   (AP Photo/The Eagle-Tribune, Paul Bilodeau, Pool)
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