Thousands pay respects to principal killed in bus accident

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Susan Jordan (Photo courtesy of IndyStar)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 29, 2016) – More than 3,000 people are expected to say their goodbyes and pay their respects to Susan Jordan during her viewing on Friday. Jordan died Tuesday when a bus jumped a curb, hitting and killing her. You can watch a live stream of Saturday’s funeral here.

Friends, family, co-workers and past and present students at Amy Beverland Elementary School came to St. Luke’s Methodist Church on the city’s North side Friday. Some young students held flowers and others sported their Amy Beverland Stars shirts. Students said they will miss her friendliness in the hallways.

“She was kind and caring and when we did just something good, she was just nice to you,” said student Bryson Luter.

Bryson’s mother, Tamara Dickerson, said her leadership helped to inspire teachers in the classroom who in turn inspired the students.

“What an amazing legacy. What an amazing woman,” Dickerson said.

Former student Joshua Jones said he was shocked to hear the news and the reality of her gone still hasn’t set in.

“She was a great, great person and you can tell that. It’s a testament to all of the people who’ve cone out here who all support her,” Jones said.

Susan’s close friend, Susan Brash Hintz, is the family spokeswoman. She said Jordan’s daughters are hurting, but trying to be strong during the next few days, because that’s what their mom would do.

While many will remember Jordan for her heroic actions the day she died, by pushing children out of the way to safety and sacrificing her own life, friends like Brash Hintz said they hope others remember the legacy Jordan left as an educator and the passion she had for children and learning.

“Susan is so much fun. There isn’t anyone’s life she has touched that wasn’t better because of it,” Brash Hintz said.  She added,” she found the good. Nothing tore away the joy she had in her heart.”

Mourners can pay their respects to Jordan Friday at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church at 86th Street and Meridian Street in Indianapolis. The viewing will take place until 8 p.m.  The funeral is Saturday at 3 p.m. She will have a private burial at Fairmont Cemetery in Henderson, Kentucky.

The family is requesting donations to the Susan Jordan Memorial Fund at the Lawrence Township School Foundation. You can call at (317) 423-8300. The family also requests donations to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Classes will resume at Amy Beverland Elementary School on Monday.

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