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POSTED October 24, 2013 10:07 p.m.

CLASSMATE: ACCUSED MASS. TEEN STAYED AFTER SCHOOL: DANVERS, Mass. (AP) — A teacher who was allegedly killed by one of her students had asked him to stay after school the day she was killed, a classmate said Thursday, as students met with grief counselors and tried to come to grips with the slaying of the popular teacher.

Philip Chism, 14, was charged with murder Wednesday in the death of Colleen Ritzer, a 24-year-old math teacher at Danvers High School.

Rania Rhaddaoui sat two seats away from Chism in Ritzer's Algebra I class, the final class of the school day. She said Chism was drawing in a notebook rather than taking notes Tuesday.

"She came over and said, 'I didn't know you draw,' and he said, 'yes,' then later on, she said, 'Can you stay after with me?'" Rhaddaoui said. "Obviously, he stayed after because when I was leaving, he was still at his desk."

She said Ritzer had scheduled a test for Friday, but she was unsure why exactly Ritzer asked Chism to stay after school.

Ritzer never returned home that day. Blood in a second-floor bathroom helped lead investigators to her body, which was dumped in the woods behind the school in a close-knit community about 20 miles north of Boston.

NEV. SCHOOL SHOOTING PROBE INCLUDES BULLYING VIDEO: SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — As they try to understand what prompted a 12-year-old boy to open fire at his school, district officials were examining an anti-bullying video that includes a dramatization of a child taking a gun on a school bus to scare aggressors.

The video, which uses the scene as an illustration of the wrong way to respond, was being studied as students and faculty members prepared to return to Sparks Middle School, where a boy fatally shot a teacher, wounded two classmates and killed himself Monday.

Sparks city spokesman Adam R. Mayberry identified the shooter Thursday as Jose Reyes.

Washoe County School District spokeswoman Victoria Campbell said school officials were examining the video but couldn't comment because it's part of the broader investigation into the shooting just outside the school building about 5 miles northeast of downtown Reno.

Reno's KRNV-TV reported that some students said they watched the video, entitled "Bullying," earlier this month. The station has broadcast excerpts.

It was unclear who produced the video. Katherine Loudon, the school district's director of counseling, equity and diversity, said anything that would have been presented to children would have been part of a district-wide bullying prevention and intervention initiative that includes all schools in the county.

"We've been told by Sparks Police Department to not discuss that particular curriculum," Loudon said.

It wasn't clear if the video had been seen by the young gunman, whom police previously refused to identify. Police had said they wanted to respect the boy's family but came under pressure from media organizations over that decision.

SAN DIEGO POLICEMAN SHOT; SUSPECT ARRESTED: SAN DIEGO (AP) — A San Diego policeman has been shot and wounded during a chase but he's expected to recover and the suspected gunman has been arrested.

The shooting occurred about 3:30 p.m. Thursday after officers tried to take a man into custody on an arrest warrant. A car chase ended with the man running into a canyon.

Police say it appears the officer fired first and the gunman shot back, hitting him several times.

The officer was conscious and talking at a hospital. Police chief Bill Lansdowne tells U-T San Diego that his injuries are serious but not life-threatening and a bulletproof vest may have saved his life.

Two freeways were briefly closed as dozens of police officers searched the shooting area, and a suspect was arrested a short time later.

CALIF. CONGRESSMAN AIDS SICK PASSENGER ON FLIGHT: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California congressman relied on his medical background to aid a woman who suffered a medical emergency during a flight to Dallas.

Rep. Raul Ruiz, who worked as an emergency room physician, was one of two doctors on board who helped stabilize the sick passenger before the plane made an emergency landing in Raleigh, N.C., on Thursday.

The condition of the woman was unknown.

Texas Congressman Pete Gallego was also on the American Airlines flight from Washington, D.C. He tweeted Thursday that it was "impressive" to see Ruiz in action. Gallego said Ruiz "saves lives" and he hopes he's on all his flights home.

Ruiz is a Democrat who represents California's 36th Congressional District, which covers much of the Coachella Valley including Palm Springs.

POLICE: WASH. BOY HEARD VOICES TELLING HIM TO KILL:  VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — An 11-year-old boy who took a gun and ammunition to his middle school heard voices in his head telling him to shoot another boy that he thought was bullying his friend, police said in a court document released Thursday.

In the affidavit released as the boy appeared in Clark County Juvenile Court, police said he claimed in the presence of school officials that a "voice in his head" was telling him to kill another 11-year-old student "for calling his friend ... 'gay.'"

Commissioner Dayann Liebman ordered a mental competency hearing. The boy remained in custody and his case will be reviewed Friday. The Associated Press is not naming the suspect because of his age.

Prosecutors are still gathering information from the police investigation and can't say yet when the boy will be charged, said Kasey Vu, the senior deputy prosecutor supervising the juvenile unit. There will likely be more hearings on his competency, he said.

The boy's possible release with conditions will likely be discussed with his court-appointed lawyer at Friday's hearing, Vu said.

The boy was arrested Wednesday after police said he was found with a gun, knives and more than 400 rounds of ammunition at Frontier Middle School. No one was hurt, and the school returned to normal after a two-hour lockdown.

 

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