Family, friends, more mourning death of Jemison High teacher

Counselors will be available at Jemison for students and school staff from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. this week.

Posted: Jul 16, 2019 4:26 PM
Updated: Jul 17, 2019 10:04 AM

Family, friends, students, co-workers and more are mourning the death of a Jemison High School teacher.

Jacob Probus, who taught AP and Honors World History, Psychology and was sponsor of the photography club at Mae C. Jemison High School, died Monday.

Jacob Probus; Photo from Huntsville City Schools

According to a post on a GoFundMe page, “On July 14, Jacob was doing yard work. He went to the neighbor, said he was stung by a bee and wasn’t feeling well. He then collapsed. They had to resuscitate him and believe he went a significant time without oxygen.”

The post, which you can see here, also said doctors aren't sure the sting was the cause of his death.

“All of us at Jemison High have lost a great teacher, colleague and friend and Mr. Probus will truly be missed,” Jemison Principal Demetris Harris-Leverette wrote in an email to students, parents and guardians.

Counselors will be available at Jemison for students and school staff from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. this week.

Huntsville City Schools Superintendent Christine Finley spoke about Probus at Monday’s school board meeting. You can see that here.

The comments are from 00:45 - 01:51 in the video.

A Celebration of Life event is planned for Thursday. “All who knew and loved this great man” can find information here

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