Posted 4:33 PM 10/24/2013 : Tackling school violence
(NBC News) The investigation into a Massachusetts high school teacher's murder continues today as police search for a motive in the killing.
After a long and painful day Wednesday, high school students in Danvers, Massachusetts returned to the place where a beloved math teacher was murdered.
There they met with counselors who tried to help the teens make sense of the senseless.
The tributes and signs of support for 24 year old colleen Ritzer continue at the school and across the Boston suburb
"She always had a smile on her face even when you didn't want to be there on a Monday morning she was always so happy and just excited to teach you," said student Rachael Ingraham.
They're mourning in nearby Andover, Massachusetts too, where Ritzer grew up and still lived with her parents.
"She loved her family more than anything in the world. Her friends she kept tight. Her students and her colleagues were everything to her too. She just loved people," said friend Jennifer Berger
One of Ritzer's students, 14 year old Philip Chism is charged with her murder.
Police believe Chism attacked her in a school bathroom, killed her, and left her body in woods behind the school.
Chism is being held without bail. He'll be tried as an adult.
It's the latest in a string of violence at schools across the United States.
"It's absolutely horrifying, i can't, i don't understand what's going on with kids, it's just, you know i don't get it," said one parent.
Wednesday police in Washington State arrested an 11 year old boy for bringing a gun, ammunition and knives to his school.
And last week, a Nevada middle school student shot two classmates and killed a teacher before killing himself.
Dr. Jamie Howard of the Child Mind Institute says parents should talk with children about school violence they see on the news.
"Parents should definitely be talking to their kids about this. Silence is not golden. Kids do best when they have an opportunity to talk to make sense of what happened, to share feelings, all of that's really important" said Howard.
It's a first step toward healing countless broken hearts.
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