*Everyone at Indianapolis’s Amy Beverland Elementary School –without exception–loved principal Susan Jordan. And they made this clear in a tribute video long before she died saving her students on Tuesday. She built her loving legacy as principal at the elementary school over a 22-year-period; with one teacher being quoted as saying, “I have never had such a supportive boss.”
These were flowers given to Jordan while she was still here.
But on Tuesday everything changed.
The principal who helped Amy Beverland Elementary School receive a Four Star, “A” rating from the Indiana Department of Education; the woman described by the entire faculty and student body as the “definition of wonderful” was killed in a freak school bus accident as she attempted (successfully) to save students in the path of the vehicle.
“Quite frankly, ladies and gentleman, we are talking about a legend,” Lawrence Township Schools Superintendent Shawn Smith said during a mournful news conference following the accident. “This loss is going to ripple across our district of 15,000 students.”
The Indianapolis Star reports that the bus was carrying 25 students, none of whom were injured. Two 10-year-old students who were struck alongside Jordan are in the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening juries, authorities told the Associated Press.
The bus driver will be given a blood test, which is standard procedure in fatal collisions, Indianapolis Police Commander Chris Bailey told the AP.