Community gathers to mourn loss of beloved principal

Flowers were placed at the site where Principal Susan Jordan died. (WISH Photo/Kevin Rattermann)

INDIANAPOLIS Ind. (WISH) – Wednesday morning at St. Simon Catholic church, just a few hundred feet across the street from Amy Beverland elementary school, students and staff will say the rosary in honor of Susan Jordan at 8:30 a.m.

Jordan was killed in a tragic school bus accident outside Amy Beverland, where she served as a beloved principal for more than two decades. Investigators say a school bus lurched into the curb during dismissal time. Officials haven’t yet said how this happened, but they say the bus driver told them Susan Jordan pushed students out of the way of the bus before she was killed. Two students were seriously hurt, but are expected to be OK.

Lawrence Township schools will be closed Wednesday to mourn the loss of Jordan, and the district will be making several locations available Wednesday for emotional support for students and staff from 7:30 a.m. through 4 p.m. Those locations include Amy Beverland, Belver Middle School, Transportation on Thunderbird Road and the Lawrence education and community center.

Educators said Tuesday during an emotional news conference, that the loss of Susan Jordan will have a ripple effect throughout the district. They say there have been only two principals at Amy Beverland throughout its history, and Jordan was one of them.

The Lawrence Township superintendent called her a great educator, a legend, a principal who never missed a day of work, and a teacher who truly cared about children.

A video posted to YouTube last year shows just how loved Susan Jordan truly was at Amy Beverland. Staff and students made a special “thank you” video for their beloved principal, just to say thank you.

Amy Beverland is asking for children’s books to be donated to district school libraries in lieu of flowers.

A nearby YMCA is also offering support. The Benjamin Harrison Y is offering free “schools out camp” for Amy Beverland students since they are out of school today. Any Amy Beverland school family can also get into the Y for free as a guest.

School is scheduled to begin again on Thursday. Staff say additional support will be available at all buildings for those in need.

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