St. Peters Prep remembers faculty member after his death on campus

St. Peter\s Prep remembers faculty member after his death on campus
Possible suicide at St. Peters Prep cancels classes
Students at St. Peters Prep in Jersey City were sent home Thursday morning after a faculty member apparently committed suicide inside the high school.

Jersey City spokeswoman Ashley Manz said Thursday afternoon that around 7:11 a.m. Jersey City police responded to a call of a possible suicide in the area of 144 Grand St. and found the victim unresponsive.

Manz added the death did not appear suspicious. The Hudson County Prosecutors Office said it is not investigating the mans death. 

In statements sent to parents and the media, the school identified the faculty member as Jan Butrym, who graduated from the Catholic high school in 2001 and joined its full-time staff in 2007 as a network administrator. He also served as the moderator of the schools robotics team. 

Students were called to an assembly and were notified of Butryms death before being dismissed for the day at about 10:15 a.m. The school sent an email to parents and guardians notifying them of the death. 

“This morning we suffered the unexpected death of a staff member on campus. We gathered our school community for Mass this morning; we now have counselors and administrators available on campus for students and faculty,” Principal James C. DeAngelo wrote in an email to parents. 

“Jans impact on Prep, both as a professional and as a person, was profound,” DeAngelo said. “He was a great role model for both the students and his colleagues — and he made his mark at Prep far beyond just being a tech guy.”

“So sad, our condolences go out to his family, friends and the entire St Peters Prep Family,” said Robert Grimaldi. “Thank you for all you did for our boys. Especially for the time and talent, you gave to the Robotics Program.”

Another commenter added: “He was such a nice man. Was a pleasure knowing u these last 3 years.” 

Classes will resume Friday with guidance counselors available for support starting at 8 a.m., the school wrote to parents. 

St. Peters Prep Principal James C. DeAngelo cancelled classes on Thursday after the unexpected death of a staff member on the campus in Jersey City on Thursday, Nov. 1. Officials later revealed that staff member and alum Jan Butrym had passed away. The school posted a tribute >>here.<<

A police spokesperson said that Nov. 1, at approximately 7:11 a.m., JCPD responded to a call for a possible suicide near 144 Grand St. Upon arrival, the victim was unresponsive.

The tribute to Butrym said, “A member of Preps Class of 2001, Jans impact was felt immediately upon his arrival on the Prep campus as a freshman in the fall of 1997. A gifted computer technician from a young age, during his student days he always made himself available to any administrator, teacher or fellow student who needed assistance in navigating any aspect of the schools burgeoning information technology systems…In 2007, he officially joined Preps IT staff in a full-time role. It was a seamless transition that played a key role during the numerous construction projects that would take place over the following years, including one just completed this past September. While always well-known to his colleagues for his kind demeanor, quick wit, and eagerness to share his expertise, the past several years had seen him become more familiar to students as well – particularly those participating in the burgeoning robotics program, or staffing the Chrome Depot in support of Preps 1:1 Chromebook program.”

We gathered our school community for mass this morning, DeAngelo said in a message to the parents. We now have counselors and administrators available on campus for students and faculty.


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