Four students and three teachers of Weston Elementary School in Ripon were diagnosed with cancer. Apparently the cause was a Sprint cell phone tower located on the school compound itself, now it is, therefore, due for removal.
The placement of the cell tower caused controversy two years ago which caused a high alert on the school in Ripon, CA. It also caused some concerned parents to take their children out from Weston Elementary School.
Sprint has been paying the school $2,000 a month to place their cell phone tower on their property. The cell phone tower was defended by the Ripon Unified School District earlier this month by the school board president Kit Oase. He said that the tower was operating within safety standards. Due to the cancer cases that came up over the past two years, this just might not be as true as the board president said.
One case was Monica Ferrulli’s son, who was treated for brain cancer in 2017. Since the Controversy happened two years ago, the Ripon Unified School District has cited an obsolete American Cancer Society study in keeping the tower. Ferrulli told the school board that they are in denial and hopes that parents continue to fight and keep their children away from the school.
On March 8th, 2019 a fourth student was diagnosed with cancer. A meeting was held resulting in attendance of around 200 parents.
Another case was Richard Rex’s 11-year-old son Brad. They live right across the street from the school and according to Rex, a bump appeared on his son’s abdomen a month ago. Rex also said his son’s classroom is situated nearby the tower.
Finally, after two years a Sprint representative named Adrienne Norton said that the company is working with the Ripon community to address their concerns.
According to notices, back in 2018, the Ripon Unified School District hired engineers to evaluate the cell tower’s compliance with guidelines for limiting human exposure to its electromagnetic radiation. Exposure levels for people nearby the tower were below the federal standard according to the tests that were performed on it, the notices say.
So 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.