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A retired teacher named Susan, whose image and full name are being withheld, has confirmed that Noor was indeed a special education student. She told ABC that “Noor had difficulty with retention, she had difficulty with conceptualizing, understanding, all challenges to her,” Susan said. “She tried hard. She was very sweet.” Susan was Noor Salman’s teacher at a middle school in Crockett, California.
Noor’s family is now using her special-education history as a defense of sorts. Her family told the media that “Noor is completely innocent and [was] unaware of the attacks,” the statement said, adding she doesn’t understand “cause and effect.”
Correction: This article originally stated “Noor Zahi Salman is apparently ‘free’, but with an electronic bracelet.” That sentence has now been removed. In fact, my source now tells me that she doesn’t have a electronic bracelet on her, she has rather been told by the FBI to keep a phone they gave her. My source states: “The FBI was waiting for a search warrant and that apparently didn’t come as fast as they wanted so they asked if they could search the apartment. She said she had nothing to hide and signed something allowing them to take her phone, ipad, and a camera. Again, she said she had nothing to hide and they could have them. The FBI gave her a cell phone to carry with her in the mean time (and possibly in place of a bracelet as a tracking device). After she gave the authorization to take the items is when they said she was free to go.” [Correction added June 16 at approx 11:05 ET a.m.] To clarify: I believe that the misunderstanding over the electronic bracelet occurred because Noor Zahi Salman and/or a friend or relative offered for the FBI to put a electronic bracelet on her as a condition of release, but the FBI was willing to let her go if she checked in with a phone. This would seem to speak to the level of her cooperation. [June 16 at approx 3:15 ET p.m.]