The Ripon Unified School District (RUSD) is working with Sprint to move a tower near Weston Elementary after four students and three teachers were diagnosed with cancer and parents voiced their concerns, reported the Modesto Bee. Some parents pulled their children from the school, and approximately 200 parents attended a recent Ripon school board meeting to demand action.
In a prepared statement, board
president Kit Oase said tests done on the tower found it was operating
normally within safety standards. Additionally, Oase noted that RUSD
receives a negligible amount of revenue from providing campus space for
Richard Rex, whose family lives
across the street from Weston School, said a bump appeared on his
11-year-old son’s abdomen a month ago and was found to wrap around his
liver. He said his son’s classroom is near the tower.
According to Oase, the school
district sympathized with the families, but the district has no out
clause in the 25-year lease agreement with Sprint. The district and
Sprint will have to mutually agree to a relocation of the tower,
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