BOSTON (WHDH) — An in-person hearing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. today in Lawrence Superior Court for the family of Colleen Ritzer, a Danvers High School teacher who was raped and murdered by her student in 2013. The family, who filed the lawsuit years ago, are suing the City of Danvers, Danvers Public Schools, the school’s cleaning company and the security firm Denisco Design Partnership, which designed the school’s security system.
This comes more than 10 years after the 24-year-old math teacher was killed at school by her student Philip Chism. Chism, who was 14 at the time, followed Ritzer to a bathroom after class, where he attacked her with a box cutter.
Chism was sentenced to life imprisonment in February 2016.
Ritzer’s family claims that the school’s security system, designed in part by Denisco, was not working properly at the time of Ritzer’s death, but if it had been, the attack and murder could have been prevented or interrupted.
The family is also looking for answers to several questions including why Ritzer was alone in the academic wing and what is being done to improve safety at the school.
Ritzer’s family demands compensation to improve the school’s safety programs.
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