Principal Sacrifices Her Life to Save Kids From Moving Bus

An educator in Indianapolis bravely sacrificed her life this week while saving several elementary school children in the process. Amy Beverland Elementary School principal Susan Jordan pushed students out of the way of a runaway bus, sparing them their lives, but losing her own in the process.

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Two 10-year-olds were also severely injured in the accident but are expected to pull through just fine. Authorities say that the bus "lurched forward" up onto a curb after school on Tuesday.

Several buses were lined up around 2:45 p.m., according to Indianapolis Fire Department Capt. Rita Reith. She told the Associated Press, "At some point, the stationary bus lurched forward and jumped the curb. The bus was not moving at the time directly before it jumped the curb."

The name of the driver has not been released, but she told emergency responders that she had no idea what caused the bus to lurch forward from a stationary position. She also revealed that she had seen Jordan push several students out of the way, before being struck herself. 

Jordan was a principal at the school for 22 years, and obviously had a passion for children. There couldn't have been more than a split second to react to the bus, but she didn't hesitate to risk her safety to try to save the students.

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Indeed, Lawrence Township Schools Superintendent Shawn Smith held a news conference and said that Jordan was a tremendous asset to the school, and loved by the staff and community. He also stated, "This is a great example of an educational leader in our state and our city ... Just a phenomenal individual that truly cared about children. This is a tragic situation that we have. This loss is going to ripple across our district of 15,000 students."

It is such a tragedy to lose someone with a heart big enough to put children before herself. Thanks to Susan Jordan, these kids will have the opportunity to grow up and make their own impact on the world. I hope they always appreciate the precious gift that was given to them.

 

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