INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 27, 2016) – Hundreds of mourners gathered Wednesday morning for a prayer vigil in remembrance of an elementary school principal who died in an accident Tuesday.
Susan Jordan, who served as the principal at Amy Beverland Elementary for 22 years, died after a bus hit her and two students. The bus driver told the Indianapolis Fire Department that Jordan pushed several students out of the way before the bus struck her.
Wednesday’s vigil began at 8:30 a.m. at St. Simon the Apostle Catholic Church, 8155 Oaklandon Rd., just west of the elementary school. Organizers said they wanted to show their support for Jordan and her school in the wake of the tragedy. The crowd was estimated at 1,000 people.
Gov. Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, paid a visit to the school Wednesday.
Also on Wednesday, a nonprofit group called “Pals on Patrol” left a large number of stuffed animals at the school. The stuffed animals are meant to help teachers and counselors talk with students about the accident.
Lawrence Township Schools said Castleton United Methodist Church at 71st Street and Shadeland Avenue is holding a prayer service Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The school is asking people to donate books in Jordan’s memory in lieu of sending flowers.
Governor Mike Pence is directing flags at state facilities in Marion County to be flown at half-staff on the day of Jordan's funeral. He's also requesting for businesses and residents to lower their flags.
Services for Jordan will be held at St. Luke's Methodist at 86th Street and Meridian Street. The viewing will take place on Friday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. The funeral will be held on Saturday at 3 p.m.
The Lawrence Township School District sent a letter to parents Wednesday informing them that classes will begin again on Monday, February 1.
Connie Thomas, a retired principal of Indian Creek Elementary School, will serve as interim principal.