Beloved elementary school principal dies after saving students from bus crash

Principal of the Amy Beverland Elementary School in Indiana, Susan Jordan, who died saving two of her pupils. (screenshot from ABC)

Susan Jordan, the beloved principal of an elementary school in Indiana died on Tuesday after she jumped in front of a bus in order to protect her young students. When a bus suddenly hit the curb outside of the school, the principal of the Amy Beverland Elementary School was able to push students out of the way before being fatally struck herself. The two ten-year old students she saved were taken to the hospital in serious condition, but without life-threatening injuries. Police are still investigating how the events occurred, but have said that the driver showed no signs of impairment and are “going off the premise this was a tragic and unfortunate accident.”

Messages of support and praise for her heroic behavior and  came rolling in immediately, with the school board releasing a statement, thanking her for her unmatched passion for children and contributions to the community. “Susan was an amazing educator. She had a remarkable way of making everyone she came in contact with feel valued and important,” it read. Just how much the principal was loved is clear in a touching video tribute from May 2015, made by students and staff of her school, which has been viewed thousands of time since the accident.”She is everything I want to be when I grow up,” says one woman. “She is kind. She’s caring. She’s compassionate. She’s loving. She’s sincere, and she’s a professional. She makes all of us want to be even better.” At the end, a group of kids spells out all the reasons why they love Mrs Jordan, ending with: : “We love you Mrs. Jordan! …Thank you for the many years of leadership!”

Read the full story at ABC News and CNN.

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