Parents Cite Cali Scare To Expel Tower From School Grounds

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Ezzell School, a rural Texas school with 88 students, was recently granted a temporary restraining order to halt construction of an AT&T tower. The structure was being built 300 feet from the school and parents voiced concerns over potential health effects from radiofrequency signals, according to the Victoria Advocate.

A parent of a student, Greta Henke, cited the news about four California school children who were diagnosed with cancer after a tower was built near their school.

 “It is a major concern, and I think it is important for people to know about the possibility,” Henke said.

“I don’t care to stick around and wait to see if something happens to my children because of this tower,” said parent Greta Henke, who’s fighting to have the tower moved away from the school. Inside Towers recently ran a series of articles on how that theory was proven to be false and ground water proved to be the source of the cancer.

Although the FCC notes radiofrequency emissions from towers are typically “thousands of times” below safety limits, and the American Cancer Society says “there is very little evidence” at this time that living, working, or attending a school near a tower might increase the risk of cancer or other health issues, Ezzell School parents are not convinced.   

According to school Superintendent Lisa Berckenhoff, the school district was never notified by AT&T that the tower was set for construction. The tower is not located on school property but privately owned land, according to the Victoria Advocate. The school district is petitioning to have the tower moved at least 1,500 feet away from the school.

AT&T stated that the proposed tower is meant to significantly improve cell phone coverage and provide broadband service in Lavaca County.

A hearing for a temporary injunction is scheduled for June 12.

June 10, 2019

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