Thursday, May 22, 2014

Video: Outraged Community at Wootton High School Cell Tower Meeting

May 20, 2014
Wootton High School
Media Center
7 PM meeting for PTA to discuss Principal Michael Doran's proposal to place a cell tower under the Wootton High School stadium bleachers and turn a stadium light pole into a cell tower. Community members were not notified, but found out about the proposal and showed up at the meeting.
Here is the video of the entire meeting.


  1. This is incredible. Do they realize that cell phones and wireless routers are like a cell tower?

    The radiation exposure from a wi-fi router at 5 meters' distance, a cordless DECT phone base unit at 3 meters' distance, or digital baby monitor at less than 1 meter are all experienced at roughly the same level as a cell tower only 150 meters away. If any of these are closer, for example if you sleep with a cordless phone next to the bed, it is equivalent in radiation terms to being only about 50 meters away from a cell tower.

    Are they aware that wifi routers are being put into all MCPS Schools?
    That 20 devices in a room expose our kids to very high radiation.
    Please see the National Association for Children and Safe Technology website sent to me.

    1. so, don't come here to blah blah blah. Just send AT & T a request to have them build a good looking tower in your back yard.

    2. I don't think what you say is accurate. The scientists are more concerned about the large amount of waves coming from the large towers.

    3. I could not believe it myself and am sad to report that many Doctors are calling for a ban on wireless in schools.France has banned wifi actually, try reading what other countries are doing. The US has some work to do.

      A wifi router is like a little cell tower in your class. Please read a bit more and click on links.

      If you would like to read what Scientist have to say about wifi routers you could start with
      Dr Martha Herbert at Harvard
      Dr Blank of Columbia University
      Dr Carpentar , Director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at Albany

    4. 1. Would like to find out what's the policy of cell phone usage in school?. I have seen teachers and staffs using cell phone in class during **instruction time or working hours **.
      2. What's the policy of cell phone usage for parents and visitor's at school property? Lot of them using cell phone to take pictures of the kids, with a touch of button, pictures can be sent viral either intended or not intended.
      3.Some H.S. allow kids to have their cell phone on during school, that's radiation times 1000 folds, plus the wireless device at school, plus the cell tower....
      4. If France banned cell phone for kids under 12 and most European countries discourage cell phone use for youth, should we start a conversation with the school board to develope some guidlines or policy for students and the school?

  2. Thank you for posting this.
    If other countries are trying to reduce radiation on children as the parent states, why are we considering placing cell towers on schools in the US?

  3. The kids we must empower
    By erecting the cell tower
    To make their brains virile
    And to ensure they're sterile.

  4. Kids should not be holding a wifi anything on their laps! or a cell phone to their ear.
    Sleeping with their cell phones? No way!
    MCPS should have some health education on this .

  5. Why not ask the FCC to do a radiation field survey around a cell tower, and then make the results public so the experts can decide?

  6. Yes, What are the levels at schools? It should be noted that from what i have read FCC regulations are far to high. In fact you might want to look at this chart that shows biological effects at certain radiation levels. Apparently our "safe" levels are tens of thousands too high?

    Go to this page and scroll down to the chart on wifi verses science.

  7. MCPS should start a work group on this issue. If federal laws are not going to protect children, maybe we as a locality can. Parents do not want to risk their child's health. Wifi should be pulled out until we have more evidence of safety. All I see now are red flags. Its like cigarettes. Like the tobacco industry.

  8. Congratulations to this extraordinary community that turned out for this meeting.

  9. Pretty incredible community. We cannot control everything but we can take thoughtful measures. Cell towers do not belong on school grounds or in classrooms.

    1. Why not? Holding a cell phone is X100 times more dangerous than being near a tower.

    2. So hold one. Hold one to your head. That's your choice.

      But parents do not have to send their child to a public school where there is a commercial business on the playground. Cell towers are commercial businesses on playgrounds powered by electricity and large diesel powered backup generators. Students climb the fences and get into the base of the tower. In the winter the towers form ice sheets that fly off in the wind. Put your children below that? Cell towers need service and as the parents at Daly Elementary School in Germantown have already learned that service can happen during recess while their children are on the playground.
      Take your children to play at a registered Hazardous Materials site, the rest of us do not want to do that.

    3. "But parents do not have to send their child to a public school . . . " Are you advocating a tax rebellion?

  10. Yes you can choose to hold a cell phone to your head. I choose not to hold a cell phone nor a wireless router to my child's head. I choose not to hold a wireless iPad to my daughter's ovaries.

    Why is the school forcing wireless in every class? Why is the school not allowing me to protect my child as I choose. MCPS brought wifi and cell towers into every classroom without warning parents about the related health issues. If medical doctors are concerned --then I am. I am not waiting for conclusive proof.

    I am going to investigate this more. I thought it was just cell towers but now I see that wifi is the same stuff.

    Even if we all do not agree, we should respect parents wishes for their children. I would not force my friends daughter to eat ham if she was Jewish and her family did not eat it. I would serve another food that night. Why are we not extending such human cutesy, human decency to each other.

    If I was a smoker and was asked not to smoke in class because parents were concerned, I would not. We must be respectful in this way. Are there any high schools without wifi? Parents and teachers should at least have a choice. Why are we not respecting each other?
    Why risk cancer?

  11. I believe the bureaucratic reply is:
    "A personal inconvenience for the common good."

    1. Except that doesn't apply in this case as these cell towers haven't been paying their property taxes. No common good here.

    2. That's so true. However we the people have been paying for them. They are listed as "Taxes, Surcharges & Fees."

  12. From the American Cancer Society, "Some people have expressed concern that living, working, or going to school near a cell phone tower might increase the risk of cancer or other health problems. At this time, there is very little evidence to support this idea. In theory, there are some important points that would argue against cellular phone towers being able to cause cancer.

    First, the energy level of radiofrequency (RF) waves is relatively low, especially when compared with the types of radiation that are known to increase cancer risk, such as gamma rays, x-rays, and ultraviolet (UV) light. The energy of RF waves given off by cell phone towers is not enough to break chemical bonds in DNA molecules, which is how these stronger forms of radiation may lead to cancer.

    A second issue has to do with wavelength. RF waves have long wavelengths, which can only be concentrated to about an inch or two in size. This makes it unlikely that the energy from RF waves could be concentrated enough to affect individual cells in the body.

    Third, even if RF waves were somehow able to affect cells in the body at higher doses, the level of RF waves present at ground level is very low – well below the recommended limits. Levels of energy from RF waves near cell phone towers are not significantly different from the background levels of RF radiation in urban areas from other sources, such as radio and television broadcast stations.

    For these reasons, most scientists agree that cell phone antennas or towers are unlikely to cause cancer."

    It is also worth noting that there are already 32 towers within a 4 mile radius of Wootton High School according to


  13. to site towers in a 4 mile radius speaks to the lack of knowledge most people have on the subject. Take the time to read more.
    content below and please see his other news releases.

    LTE Cell Phone Radiation Affects Brain Activity in Cell Phone Users
    New peer-reviewed research finds that 30 minutes' exposure to LTE cellphone radiation affects brain activity on both sides of the brain.


    Brain images pre- and post-LTE exposure
    Brain images pre- and post-LTE exposure
    PRLog (Press Release) - Sep. 23, 2013 - BERKELEY, Calif. -- The first study on the short-term effects of Long Term Evolution (LTE), the fourth generation cell phone technology, has been published online in the peer-reviewed journal, Clinical Neurophysiology. (1)

    In a controlled experiment, researchers exposed the right ear of 18 participants to LTE cellphone radiation for 30 minutes. The source of the radiation was 1 centimeter from the ear, and the absorbed amount of radiation in the brain was well within international (ICNIRP) cell phone legal limits. The researchers employed a double-blind, crossover, randomized and counter-balanced design to eliminate any possible study biases.

    The resting state brain activity of each participant was measured by magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) at two times -- after exposure to LTE microwave radiation, and after a sham exposure.

    The results demonstrated that LTE exposure affected brain neural activity not only in the closer brain region but also in the remote region, including the left hemisphere of the brain. The study helps explain the underlying neural mechanism for the remote effects of microwave radiation in the brain.

    In 2011, Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, published a similar study in the Journal of the American Medical Association that received worldwide news coverage. Dr. Volkow reported that a 50 minute exposure to CDMA, a second generation cell phone technology, increased brain activity in the region of the brain closest to the cell phone. (2)

    The current study establishes that short-term exposure to LTE microwave radiation affects the users' brain activity. Although LTE is too new for the long-term health consequences to have been studied, we have considerable evidence that long-term cell phone use is associated with various health risks including increased risk of head and neck cancers, sperm damage, and reproductive health consequences for offspring (i.e., ADHD).

    Cell phone users, especially pregnant women and children, should limit their cell phone use. Moreover, cell phone users should not keep their phones near their head, breasts or reproductive organs when using the phone or whenever the phone is turned on unless it is in airplane mode.

    For more information about the health effects of cell phone radiation see my Electromagnetic Radiation Safety Web site at

    Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D.
    School of Public Health Health
    University of California, Berkeley

    Electromagnetic Radiation Safety


  14. Who are most scientists?
    the WHO thinks it could cause cancer but needs more evidence. This is about research needing to be done. not what it is doing to our bodies now. Turn the WIFI off please.


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