A California school has been forced to remove a Sprint cell phone tower after four students and three teachers were diagnosed with cancer.
The Ripon Unified School District initially defended the cell phone tower earlier this month, with board president Kit Oase saying tests done on the tower had found it was operating within safety standards.
Around 200 parents attended a meeting after a fourth student was diagnosed with cancer on March 8.
Weston Elementary School in Ripon, CA suffered controversy two years ago – with some parents threatening to pull their children from school over the tower which Sprint has been paying the school $2,000 per month to place on its property.
Sprint representative Adrienne Norton said that the company has been “working with the community in Ripon to address their concerns.
The potential negative health effects from electromagnetic fields (EMF’s) emitted by cell towers or transmission lines have been long debated.
While the National Cancer Institute cites studies which conclude that EMF’s are a possible human carcinogen based on research which focused on childhood leukemia.
However, while parents are blaming the Sprint cell phone tower is responsible for the cancer cluster at Weston Elementary School – it’s entirely possible that other environmental factors are at play.
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