Ripon Unified School District
United States of America

In 2009 a group of parents fought to stop the erection of the wireless tower at Weston Elementary School. Literature was presented that backed up the concern for health risks of our children attending Weston Elementary. Some points that were made included 3 out of every 100 people are electro sensitive, which means they suffer ill effects when exposed to electromagnetic radiation. The information suggested that once the tower was in place, at least fifteen students would be experiencing overt symptoms. Noting that these students may experience more serious diseases, like cancer, several years down the road.
Eight years later we are now seeing the probable effects of the installation of this tower . Two 5th grade students were diagnosed with cancer during the 2016-2017 school year. They have both attended Weston Elementary since Kindergarten. We have also seen two staff members diagnosed with cancer, as well as many students who have had several types of health issues for no apparent reason including digestive issues, headaches, and tiredness to name a few.
The FCC states the following on their website; Some studies have also examined the possibility of a link between RF exposure and cancer. Results to date have been inconclusive. While some experimental data have suggested a possible link between exposure and tumor formation in animals exposed under certain specific conditions, the results have not been independently replicated. Many other studies have failed to find evidence for a link to cancer or any related condition. The Food and Drug Administration has further information on this topic with respect to RF exposure from mobile phones at the following Web site: FDA Radiation-Emitting Products Page.

The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer Classified Radiofrequency Fields as Possibly Carcinogenic to Humans on May 31, 2011.The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), through the Monographs program, seeks to identify environmental factors that can increase the risk of cancer in humans. IARC uses the following categories to classify environmental agents:
Group 1: Carcinogenic to humans.
Group 2A: Probably carcinogenic to humans.
Group 2B: Possibly carcinogenic to humans.
Group 3: Not classifiable as to its carcinogenicity to humans.
Group 4: Probably not carcinogenic to humans.
IARC has classified radiofrequency fields in Group 2B, possibly carcinogenic to humans.
IARC interprets the 2B classification as meaning there is limited evidence showing radiofrequency carcinogenicity in humans and less than sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in experimental animals. For perspective, IARC has classified the following other agents as "possibly carcinogenic to humans":
• Extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields (power line frequency)
• Talc-based body powder

With this information, along with the cancer diagnosis’ that have been founded this year at Weston Elementary alone, 8 years after installation of these towers, we are not willing to let another child fall victim to the effects of these wireless towers. There is ample amount of evidence that warrants these towers be removed immediately and we ask that you support the parents who are fighting this fight by signing this petition.

We the undersigned, request that Ripon Unified School District remove all telecommunication towers from all Ripon Unified School District properties. Since the installation was argued in 2009 there have been 4 known cancer diagnosis. Two of these were 10-year-old students during the 2016-2017 school year. The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer Classified Radiofrequency Fields as Possibly Carcinogenic to Humans on May 31, 2011. There have also been studies that have shown exposure to radiofrequency fields as possible contributors to tumor growth in lab rats. Removal of these towers are imperative to our children’s health and future. Ripon Unified School District promotes a safe learning environment to our children while attending school within their district. With the facts presented and the latest classification of radiofrequencies as carcinogenic to humans, this does not make for a safe environment for our children. School grounds are no place for devices that may contribute to cancer to be located.

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The Remove Towers From Ripon Unified School District petition to Ripon Unified School District was written by Kellie Prime and is in the category Health at GoPetition.