Parents in California are requesting that a cell tower located on the campus of their children’s elementary school be removed. This comes after four students and two teachers were diagnosed with brain cancer in just three years, although the tower has been there longer than that. Some students at the school have already left as a result of the spike in cancer cases and recently, 200 parents attended a school board meeting demanding action. It’s a kindergarten through eighth-grade school that has approximately 400 students.
The School Board has said that tests on the cell tower showed that it’s well within safety standards, begging the questions: What are our safety standards, and are they good enough? Has this technology even been through proper safety testing? It’s important to keep in mind that there is no direct way to prove that this cell tower on campus actually caused these cancer cases, but we can prove that there is sufficient evidence showing that they are and can be very harmful.
The truth is that cell towers and cell antennae mounted on buildings have radio frequency emissions. The closer you are to the antennae, the more radio frequency radiation you are exposed to. Cell tower radiation exposure is different than cell phone exposure in that a cell phone to the head focuses an extremely high amount of radiation to a specific brain region. Cell tower emissions are at lower levels than cell phones. However, with cell tower exposure, the exposure is non- stop day and night and full body exposure.
We had a doctor tell us that it’s 100 percent environmental, the kind of tumor that he has,” said Ferrulli to CBS Sacramento, and added that an inspection of the tower arranged by parents showed much higher readings than the RUSD-hired engineers found in 2018.
The school district, who reportedly receives $2,000 per month for the tower, has said while they empathize with families, they have no out clause in their 25-year lease contract with Spirit – the company that owns the tower – meaning both the school district and Spirit will have to mutually agree on a relocation. (source)