by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News
Four students and three teachers have reportedly been diagnosed with cancer at an elementary school in Ripon, California, after a cell tower was installed directly on the school grounds about 3 years ago.
After the 4th child was diagnosed with cancer earlier this month (March, 2019), some parents reportedly pulled their students from school, and about 200 parents of the school’s 400 students gathered at a City Council meeting last week.
They want the cell tower removed from the school.
The school district reportedly has a 25-year lease contract with Sprint, and receives $2000.00 a month to have the cell tower located on school property.
School board president Kit Oase has said that tests done on the tower found it was operating normally within safety standards.
Many parents disagree.
Monica Ferrulli is one of those parents who has done her own research.
Her son Mason was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of 10. She says a doctor has confirmed that the cause of his cancer is “environmental.”
Ferulli has published a document from the city about how far away cell towers are supposed to be installed from schools.
Parents are also claiming that the testing done by the school utilized a company (Hammett) hired by Sprint, the owner of the cell tower.
So the parents reportedly hired their own independent company, Windheim, to conduct testing, and they provided handouts at the City Council meeting that is reportedly the result of the testing. They also claim that the school website did not allow them to publish their findings:
Joe Prime’s son Kyle was the first one reportedly diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2016. There have now been 4 children diagnosed with cancer in 3 years at the elementary school.
“It just seems like coincidence is no longer a reason for all this illness,” Prime said.
“Kids shouldn’t be guinea pigs and we shouldn’t be taking chances with the children’s lives,” Prime said.
“I wouldn’t send my kids there at all, it absolutely is dangerous,” said Eric Windheim, an electromagnetic radiation specialist.
“Children are still developing and their cells are still being divided. It’s the worst possible time in their life to be exposed.”
He says it’s not just a cell tower, it also transmits wireless frequencies.
“Instead of only going 300 yards like regular Wi-Fi, Y-Max can go 30 miles,” he said. (Source .)
Richard Rex, whose family lives across the street from Weston School, said a bump appeared on his 11-year-old son’s abdomen a month ago. He said his son’s classroom is near the tower.
The parents first thought it was a skating injury. Instead of going to science camp, 11-year-old Brad was taken to doctors for examinations and tests that found a tumor wrapped around his liver. The boy now has a portal for starting cancer treatment, the parents said.
Richard Rex said he’s hearing different options for treating the cancer.
“They said they can shrink it and cut it out. They’re also talking liver transplant. It is very scary,” Rex said.
“It is a terrible thing,” he said. “How many children with cancer will it take?” (Source .)
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