By Kevin Mottus
The World Health Organization, (WHO), has classified the microwaves transmitted by wifi and wireless tablets as a Class 2B Carcinogen. Yet LAUSD feels comfortable exposing our children to these microwaves all day long in their new wireless classrooms.
National Educators Association, (NEA), and United Teachers Los Angeles Union, (UTLA), have passed resolutions identifying electromagnetic radiation used by wireless as an environmental hazard and insist that all employees and parents be warned of changes in electromagnetic RF radiation exposure due to the installation of WIFI and use of wireless tablets. See bioinitiative.org, saferemr.com, or safeinschools.org, for more information regarding the biological health effects of microwave radiation exposure used by wireless. For expert testimony regarding LAUSD’s use of wifi and wireless tablets see: http:wifiinschools.com/lausd-testimony.html.
If your children have experienced symptoms of electro sensitivity, or EHS, since the installation of wifi or use of wireless tablets in your school, or if you do in the future, please e-mail UTLA Violence Prevention and School Safety and Health and Human Service Committee member Kevin Mottus, who is collecting data on the issue, at email@example.com. Symptoms of EHS may include: headaches, tinnitus, difficulty sleeping, tingling in extremities, difficulty concentrating, nausea, dizziness, depression, anxiety, irritability, skin problems, fatigue, feelings of pressure in the head, racing or fluttering heart, reproductive difficulty, cancerous tumors, and leukemias.
If you have noticed a change in neurological symptoms, cardiac problems including arrhythmias or cardiac arrest, or an increase in cancer amongst students or teachers in your school since the installation of wifi and/or the use of wireless tablets now, or in the future with its installation, please e-mail school safety and HHS committee member Kevin Mottus, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In an effort to keep wireless cell towers off school campuses, in June of 2000, the LAUSD School Board passed a resolution noting that the “National Institutes of Health, (NIH), recently concluded that enough evidence exists to support the classification of electromagnetic fields as a possible human carcinogen.” In May, 2009, LAUSD School Board passed another resolution recommending “responsible deployment of fiber optic broadband technology, which is superior to wireless technology in speed, reliability, security, durability and protections it affords people and the environment from the potential hazards of exposure to radio-frequency radiation.”
After fighting to keep cell towers and other microwave emitting devices at least 200 feet from schools, now the board has taken a drastic change in direction by moving those microwave emitting devices inside our schools, in close proximity to our staff and children, with the installation of wireless classrooms. The Board has chosen to do this even though in their 2009 resolution, they state that “there continues to be considerable debate as to the adequacy of existing public exposure standards including those promulgated by the federal communications commission.”
The fact is the FCC guidelines, which are suppose to ensure the safety of wireless, are not safety standards at all but are simply guidelines. The FCC is not a health and safety agency and has no one qualified to set safety standards, yet compliance with FCC guidelines is how organizations like LAUSD try to convince us wireless is safe. Current FCC guidelines only take into account thermal effects due to microwave exposure; that is, whether your wifi router, tablet, or cell burns you or not. They do not take into account non-thermal or sub-thermal effects, even though thousands of studies have shown harmful biological effects including cancer, cardiac and immune system disease at levels below heating.
Current FCC guidelines explicitly exclude children, pregnant women, and the elderly, yet LAUSD feels comfortable thoroughly exposing these groups to RF radiation in our schools. Women absorb more microwave radiation than men and thus are more negatively affected, as are children, due to their developing neurological systems and smaller stature. The FCC guidelines were designed for a 220lb, 6ft male not the small children who will be exposed by LAUSD,
What can you do? Organize at your school. Go to each school board member and demand that they connect to the Internet thru wired connections and use wires to connect to tablets or more versatile laptops. The solution is simple: wired vs. wireless; a wired connection eliminates the microwave exposure issue and corresponding health effects. Insist each school board member put the health and well being of students and staff over all other considerations. As it is now, they are using a cost-benefit analysis where the health of your children is an expendable cost. It is time to change their thinking.
The Council of Europe has recommended a ban on wifi in the classroom to protect their children due to health concerns. Why can’t we? Please share this article with everyone you know. They need to be informed.
Editor’s Note: Kevin Mottus is a UTLA member, Violence Prevention and School Safety Committee and Health and Human Services Committee Member. He can be reached at Stopwirelessradiationnow@gmail.com or call 310-780-2186 for more information.