Letters to the Editor: Remove cell towers on Maya Lin

Letters to the Editor: Remove cell towers on Maya Lin

Letters to the Editor

Dear editor,

We are going into the fifth grade at Maya Lin School. We have now spoken at three school board meetings. We don’t think we should have to ask to feel safe. We hoped that AT&T and the school district would have worked something out so that the children at our school could start school without a cell phone tower working on top of it. Did you know that the tower is the strongest pointing at our play structure?

We just found out that we are about to go back to school and AT&T is refusing to take the tower down. We have been asking for a long time. AT&T is even asking to do another presentation to the school board. We are tired of having to come to the school board meetings. Kids should not have to work this hard to be heard or to get help. We are sending you a speech that we made at one of the meetings we went to. We would like the citizens in our town to care about us and our school.

Some people think that the towers are safe. Nobody can promise that they are. Here is our speech.

We are in the fourth grade at Maya Lin. We’d like to speak about the cell tower. As you know, the cell tower emits radiation that may be very, very dangerous to children. We as children are at school six hours per day, five days a week. That is 30 hours a week and there are about 40 weeks in a school year. That’s about 1,200 hours a year. Some kids go to school there for six years and to after-school care. Some even live in the neighborhood. Nothing will happen now but in about 10 or 20 years, the effects of the cell tower could damage our brains.

Kids don’t make the choice about where we go to school. We rely on our parents and if they can’t rely on the school district and school board to take action with AT&T then we are left with no one to rely on.

AT&T wants to discuss the cell tower with the Maya Lin community. At this point, there is nothing to discuss. You must choose children’s safety or money. It’s that simple.

Gabriella Chao
Bennett Salsbury


Submitted by Aidan Ryan (not verified) on Tue, Aug 12, 2014

The American Cancer Society has a page here (http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/othercarcinogens/athome/cellular-phone-towers) saying that there is very little evidence to support the idea that cell towers cause cancer.

Submitted by Carrie Sheret (not verified) on Tue, Aug 12, 2014

There are many international studies which show that low-intensity exposure to radiofrequency radiation has various ill effects, if not a direct link to caner: http://www.bioinitiative.org/report/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/BioInitiativ...

Submitted by Sylvia Kahn (not verified) on Tue, Aug 12, 2014

As a parent at the school, I don't care what the cell phone company says or what any current research says. It is current research, not fact and I would rather err on the side of being wrong and removing the tower than on being wrong and leaving the tower.

Submitted by Skeptical (not verified) on Wed, Aug 13, 2014

If we're going to err on the side of caution in the absence of scientific evidence, then according to the studies cited in the link above, wi-fi should be banned too.