Vigil honors principal killed in bus accident

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 27, 2016)- Hundreds of Lawrence Township Schools parents, students, and teachers gathered Wednesday night for a vigil outside Amy Beverland Elementary school. The school is the scene of a tragic bus accident Tuesday afternoon that killed principal Susan Jordan and injured two 10-year-old students.

Balloons, posters, flowers and candles highlight a growing memorial outside the school. Parents describe Susan Jordan as an incredible leader and educator. Her colleagues gathered Wednesday afternoon to share memories of Jordan.

“She was one in a million," said Amy Beverland Parent Faculty Organization President, Amy Bilyeu.

The school bus drivers name hasn't been released. School authorities said she's a model employee and has never had any moving violations. She is cooperating with investigators. The driver voluntarily submitted for a drug and alcohol test. The results are not yet in, although authorities do not believe either played a role in the crash.

Witnesses said Jordan pushed students out of the way sacrificing her own life. Her colleagues said they wouldn't have expected anything less from Jordan.

“Maybe the reason she was there all those years was to be there at that moment and save those kids," said Jamie Strebing, Amy Beverland Information Specialist.

School is canceled until Monday for Amy Beverland and the learning center. School leaders say they can't imagine walking down the hallways and not seeing Jordan's smiling face, greeting every student.

“It’s gonna be the most incredibly hard thing that most of us have ever done to come back into that building and have Amy Beverland without Susan Jordan there, but she’s guided us well. She’s trained us well. We will do it," Strebing said.

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.

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