WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) spoke Thursday on the Senate floor honoring Principal Susan Jordan of the Amy Beverland Elementary School in Marion County.
On Tuesday, a terrible tragedy occurred at the school in Indianapolis. A school bus jumped the curb during afternoon pickup, and the crash fatally wounded Amy Beverland Principal Susan Jordan and injured two 10-year-old students, who sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
While this situation is still under investigation, all indications say that this was truly a tragic accident. Yet, the story of what happened on Tuesday is not just one of tragedy, it is one of heroism. Before the school bus struck her, Principal Jordan pushed several of her students out of harm's way. With an out-of-control bus charging at her, Principal Jordan sensed that the lives of many of her students were in jeopardy and sacrificed her own life for those of the young students whom she cherished.
“The Gospel of John tells us ‘greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends,’” said Coats. “The love that Susan Jordan had for her students should be an inspiration to us all.
I offer my deepest condolences to Principal Jordan’s family and friends and to the students and parents of Amy Beverland Elementary School. I join with all Hoosiers in mourning the loss of Susan Jordan and celebrating the life and impact of this talented, compassionate educator who paid the ultimate price for the students she loved so dearly.”