There is a disturbing trend in the United States (and probably in other countries as well) for cell towers being installed directly on school property in exchange for modest payments from the cell phone carriers.
On December 17, 2013, a school board in Pasco County, Florida voted to install a cell tower directly on school grounds of the Seven Oaks Elementary School in Wesley Chapel, Florida. Parents circulated a petition that garnered over a thousand signatures against the cell tower installation, but to no avail.
These cell tower installations fly in the face of the growing world-wide opposition to the installation of Wi-Fi in schools. It seems incredible that school board officials would add insult to injury by essentially employing an “all of the above” approach by exposing our children to as much radiofrequency (RF) radiation as they possibly can. Evidently for some schools, Wi-Fi is not enough; they need to add cell phone radiation to the mix as well.
- “There is consistent, emerging science that shows people, especially children who are more vulnerable due to developing brains and thinner skulls, are being affected by the increasing exposure to wireless radiation. In September 2010, the Journal of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine-Fertility and Sterility, reported that only four hours of exposure to a standard laptop using WiFi caused DNA damage to human sperm.”
- “In December 2012 the American Academy of Pediatrics, representing 60,000 pediatricians, wrote to Congress requesting that it update the safety levels of microwave radiation exposure especially for children and pregnant women.”
- “The AAEM strongly supports the use of wired Internet connections and encourages avoidance of radiofrequency [radiation] such as from Wi-Fi, cellular and mobile phones and towers, and ‘smart meters’.”
- “While the debate ensues about the dangers of RF, it is the doctors who must deal with the after effects. Until we can determine why some get sick and others do not, and some are debilitated for indeterminate amounts of time, we implore you to not take the risk, particularly with the health of so many children with whose safety you have been entrusted. Avoidance will always be the best policy. It should be reflected by minimizing RF exposures in public spaces.”