Parents at Poinciana Elementary upset over cell phone tower
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CREATED Aug. 22, 2013
NAPLES, Fla.- Parents from Poinciana Elementary have been out on Airport-Pulling Road every morning since school started. They want others to know why they are so upset.
"Our signs say, "Stop the cell towers," "Cell towers must come down!," said Ellen Goldman.
The cell tower they are talking about is close to the elementary school. It can also be seen by a nearby neighborhood and neighbors there aren't happy about this too.
"To put kids under radio waves all day long while they sit in class and then go home into our neighborhood and sit in the radio waves...it could possibly could give them cancer," said Joe McLaughlin.
Parents worry about safety and radiation.
"We're extremely concerned. We ask the school board to do the right thing and not go forward with the cell tower," said Goldman.
Fox 4 reached out to the school district. A spokesperson tells us the tower at the elementary school was built this summer. The construction just finished prior to the start of school. The district first started putting in cell towers at school in 1996 (17 years ago) and never had any problems. The district also has 2 towers at Naples High School. The cell tower at Poinciana Elementary was approved through the Poinciana Elementary Student Advisory Council ("SAC") without objection in April of 2011.
Parents still say get the tower away from their kids.
"As soon as it went up, we were shocked to see that and many of the parents were too."
The district also said in a statement, "The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) states that emissions from antennas used for cellular transmissions result in exposure levels on the ground that are typically thousands of times below safety limits. Therefore, there is no reason to believe that such towers could constitute a potential health hazard to nearby residents or students."