Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A Last Act of Bravery Takes the Life of a Principal in Indiana: We Honor Her

Principal Susan Jordan pushed kids out of the way of the bus before it hit her, the bus driver told authorities.
We all have that special teacher we remember from our childhood. In Indianapolis that special person is Susan Jordan, the principal at Amy Beverland Elementary School, who died saving the lives of her students Tuesday. I may not have known her but her courage and love for her students and teacher have touched my heart and I like to pay tribute to her.

It was not a secret that Jordon was a star in everyone's eyes. Last May students and staff members at Amy Beverland Elementary School created an 11-minute video "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" (see video below) telling her how they felt. Tuesday that joy turned into sadness. While Jordon helped load children for their ride home tragedy struck. The bus driver told firefighters that she's not sure why the bus lurched forward, but that she saw Jordan push several students out of the way, according to Rita Reith with the Indianapolis Fire Department. Two 10 year-old students are in serious condition with non-life-threatening injuries, but Jordon has lost her life.

"The longtime educator was a fixture at the school, spending more than two decades there as principal," according to CNN affiliate WXIN. "It's the reason Adam Baker moved his family to Lawrence Township, northeast of Indianapolis. 'It was for all the good things we had heard about Principal Jordan and everything that was going on (there)." In tribute to Jordon the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township, near Indianapolis, announced it would not hold classes Wednesday as the community mourns her loss. Amy Beverland and Early Learning Center at Amy Beverland will not be in session as to allow students and staff member time to grieve.
A statement was released by the school board praising Jordan and all that has given to her community. 
"Susan was an amazing educator. She had a remarkable way of making everyone she came in contact with feel valued and important," it reads. "She had a passion for children that is unmatched. The entire Lawrence Township Community mourns her loss and extends our sympathy to the Amy Beverland Community the multitudes of people whose lives she touched."

In addition, Mayor Joe Hogsett released a heart felt statement in response to today’s tragic accident at Amy Beverland Elementary School:
This afternoon, Indianapolis police officers, firefighters, and medics responded to a call – and a place – that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.
In the midst of tragedy, they responded quickly and with complete professionalism.  For that, I want to thank them. 
Tonight, our hearts are heavy – but full. From where we stand at this moment, our prayers go out: to the family of Principal Jordan; to the students and parents touched by this tragedy, and to two hospital rooms at Riley.
In moments like this, I know that tears come far easier than words. 
But – on behalf of the people of Indianapolis – I want the students, parents, and teachers of Amy Beverland Elementary to know one thing: tonight, we are all ONE family, tonight we are all part of the Amy Beverland community.
My thoughts and prayers are with Jordon's friends, family, students and her community. 

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