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    • DellwoodBarker
      Top reader this weekReading streakScoutScribe
      1 month ago

      Oooof! This read’s SuckerPunch:

      These days, as Salman tries to recover from the events of the last five years, she is focused on raising her now 9-year-old son.

      She says her goal is to “raise him to be normal.” The boy is fully aware of what his dad did, she told me. During the year his mom was in prison, the boy would often watch news reports on the shooting’s aftermath and on his mother’s trial.

      His understanding of what happened, Salman said, evolves as he grows. The anger at his father for what he did bubbles up occasionally, most predictably around Father’s Day, which also happens to fall within days of the attack on Pulse. Salman recalled his outburst at Target one year in front of a Father’s Day card display. “He just took the card and tossed it on the ground and said, ‘I hate Father's Day.’ This man is behind me looking at me like I'm crazy,” she said. “I put it back and walked away because you can't explain to this stranger why your son hates Father's Day.”

      Though Salman’s son is a lot of what keeps her going, she’s still incredibly frustrated to be raising him alone. "You did something so selfish, so evil, and you stuck me with your child,” she said. “Now I have to figure out how we'll survive.”

      • Karenz
        Scribe
        1 month ago

        I know what a sucker punch is but don’t understand how this article reads like one. To me, it should’ve been AOTD. How often do we get any kind of look into the milieu of a serial killer. People who do not experience domestic violence have no idea how it terrifies a person and robs him or her of their identity, confidence, and problem solving. And this woman was acquitted but still spent a year in jail with her young son robbed of both mother and father. This article took my breath away. And is exactly why I love Readup and what it exposes me to! This mass shooting was horrific but doesn’t justify looking for scapegoats.

        • KapteinB
          Top reader this weekScoutScribe
          2 weeks ago

          I know what a sucker punch is but don’t understand how this article reads like one.

          I think they meant they felt like they were being sucker punched when reading the quoted part of the article.

      • Karenz
        Scribe
        4 weeks ago

        SO glad this made AOTD—fascinating article

    • KapteinB
      Top reader this weekScoutScribe
      2 weeks ago

      Three days after the shooting, the cover of the New York Post featured a selfie of Noor Salman, her eyes encircled with heavy eyeliner, her mouth pursed in a knowing, close-lipped smile. “She could have saved them all,” screamed the headline in bold, certain text.

      Tabloids are the worst.