As a concerned citizen, teacher and parent, the idea of having a 199-foot cell phone tower only 84 feet from Rappahannock High School is troubling at best. Without concrete evidence that there are absolutely no health and safety risks from such close proximity to the tower, we must err on the side of caution when it comes to our children.
Children are much more susceptible to all types of toxic exposures than adults. International studies have linked electromagnetic radiation to substantially higher risks of leukemia, brain cancer, DNA damage, reproductive disorders, depression, attention disorders, sleep disturbances and behavioral changes.
The fallback zone of the tower is in some places less than the recommended setback of 70 feet. If this tower were to fall, it could easily topple onto the school. I also question the safety of the tower itself at a place where “senior pranks” are a yearly occurrence.
As a community we have a right to the assurance that our children will not be placed in harm’s way. Let AT&T find a safe alternative, far from our county’s children.
I urge the Rappahannock Board of Supervisors to vote against the proposed cell phone tower at the school. I also urge the school board to rethink the issues of health and safety in regard to the tower.
Please join CARE (Concerned About Radiation in Education) for a community discussion from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 5) at the Rappahannock County Library.