INDIANAPOLIS -- Lawrence Township schools are closed today as the community mourns the sudden loss of a beloved elementary school principal.
Amy Beverland Elementary School principal Susan Jordan died Tuesday after being struck by a bus at the school. Investigators say Jordan was seen pushing several students out of the way of a lurching bus when she was struck and killed. Two students were also hit. They were taken to Riley Hospital for Children with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Jordan had been the principal at Amy Beverland Elementary for 22 years. Lawrence Township Schools Superintendent Shawn Smith says the district "lost a great educator."
Last year, students made this video for the school's ABE TV celebrating a four-star rating and thanking Jordan for the work she did at the school. It includes students talking about her kindess and teachers thanking her for her leadership and compassion.
Social media channels around the world filled with tributes to Jordan as news of the accident and her efforts to save the children spread Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. There were also condolences from state leaders, school districts around the country and memories shared from former students.
.@FirstLadyIN and I are sending our prayers for students, family of Amy Beverland Principal Susan Jordan & the Lawrence Township community— Governor Mike Pence (@GovPenceIN) January 26, 2016
I spent most of 5th grade in Principal Susan Jordan's office, but she never stopped caring about her students... even the squirrely ones.— Hunter (@HunterMcTwitta) January 27, 2016