RIPON (CBS13) — A fourth child has been diagnosed with cancer at a San Joaquin County elementary school, and parents believe it’s because of radiation caused by a cell phone tower.

The towers are spread throughout the community, but it’s this particular one that parents say needs to go.

“We had a doctor tell us that it’s 100 percent environmental, the kind of tumor that he has,” said Monica Ferrulli.

Her son Mason was the second child to be diagnosed with cancer in just three years at Weston Elementary. He was 10-years-old and walked by this cell phone tower daily.

“It’s indescribable, it’s really tough,” she said.

“It’s one of the hardest things that I’ve been through,” said Joe Prime.

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Prime’s son Kyle was the first, diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2016. And two more kids were diagnosed this year.

“It just seems like coincidence is no longer a reason for all this illness,” Prime said.

They believe it’s this cell phone tower that’s harming their kids.

“Kids shouldn’t be guinea pigs and we shouldn’t be taking chances with the children’s lives,” Prime said.

The district has had several tests done saying the tower is safe and meets federal regulations. But some families weren’t convinced and hired an expert.

“I wouldn’t send my kids there at all, it absolutely is dangerous,” said Eric Windheim, an electromagnetic radiation specialist. “Children are still developing and their cells are still being divided. It’s the worst possible time in their life to be exposed.”

He says it’s not just a cell tower, it also transmits wireless frequencies.

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“Instead of only going 300 yards like regular Wi-Fi, Y-Max can go 30 miles,” he said.

Parents want the mast removed, but the district won’t budge. Parents say the district gets a kickback of $2,000 a month to have the tower for a telephone company, but the district so far has not commented.

“It’s a real disappointment that it’s taking moms of sick children and dads of sick children to come out and say something needs to be done,” Prime said.

Ferrulli’s son Mason has also since relapsed and is undergoing brain cancer treatments while a fourth child from has recently been diagnosed and taken out of school.

They say it’s not just a battle now for their children, but a fight these parents say they won’t give up.

“There’s a lot of kids that we love that still go to the school, so we are fighting for them,” Ferrulli said.

The district sent out a letter to parents saying that the electric magnetic frequencies are far below federal standards and have completed a thorough investigation and do not have any plans of removing the cell phone tower on campus.

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Comments (61)
  1. It’s Wi-Max, not “Y-Max” And there is no credible evidence that passing by a cell tower causes cancer. They can’t even show that power lines cause cancer. It’s sad, but evidence is evidence.

    1. The exposure from high frequencies created by solar inverters and the smps from the cell tower is most likely the problem. It creates internal electric fields. I feel bad for the kids.

      Page 26 “Through the EMF-RAPID Program, considerable progress was made in the area of in vitro research on ELF-EMF. Many of these studies of ELF-EMF exposure focused on end-points commonly associated with cancer (e.g. cell proliferation, disruption of signal transduction pathways and inhibition of differentiation). Convincing evidence for causing effects is only available for magnetic flux densities greater than 100 µT (1,000mG) or internal electric field strengths greater than approximately 1 mV/m.”

      Page 27 “Numerous laboratories performed studies to evaluate potential ELF-EMF effects on cellular end-points related to signal transduction pathways, which if altered, might be carcinogenic. Overall the body of evidence suggests that ELF-EMF exposures at magnetic field intensities greater than 100 µT and electric fields greater than 1 mV/m have shown effects on signal transduction pathways. Studies at lower exposures are inconclusive. “

      1. William Hartmann says:

        Except this is not at ELF frequencies; so this study is not applicable.

      2. The modulation or the information from the cell tower signal is in the kilo Hertz range. The electric field in the school is also compromised as the smps and the school’s solar inverters add kilo Hertz frequencies to the 60 cycle electric field these kids absorb. As frequencies rise over 1.7 kilo Hertz the impedance of the skin lowers to just 500 Ohms.

        Those kilo Hertz frequencies are the same ones used to open sodium and potassium ion channels. Most people suffer from symptoms of low sodium and potassium.

    2. ecoflowater says:

      Maybe the independent research is being blocked by, you know… powerful interest groups?

  2. Simple question….If cell towers caused cancer then wouldn’t cell techs be diagnose with cancer at higher rates than the general public?? FYI…been working at cell sites since 1995…I haven’t met or know a fellow worker diagnose with cancer!!!

  3. Mark Deckard says:

    So radiation doesn’t affect the genetic code whereby individual cells are programmed for regulated replication in any way yet what is it we use to attack cancer cells? R-A-D-I-A-T-I-O-N

    Radiation kills cancer but it doesnt cause cancer. Of course, so why do we use lead suits to protect against extremely low frequency electromagnetic frequencies? Uh because they damage cells and organs and cause dna malfunction.

    Its all light.

    Would you also dispute that long term exposure to the rays of the sun do not cause skin cancer? Its just a different frequency of Electromagnetic energy. Its the same stuff cell towers emit on a different frequencies.

    Its like saying a high pitch sound at 1000 db can blow your eardrums but a low pitch sound at 1000 db cannot.

    1. Giovanni Sagredo says:

      Federal limit for radiation from a cell tower as it lands on a person is 10,000 mW/m2
      The sun produces 1,100,000 mW/m2 as it lands on a person.

      1. tngilmer says:

        You cannot argue with a zealot by citing facts or using logic. It is all about feelings to them. Trying to convince a zealot by citing facts or using logic is like trying to teach a pig to sing. All you will do is frustrate yourself and annoy the pig (zealot).

      2. This is a completely incorrect argument. The sun produces pretty much zero emission at the surface of the earth in the microwave frequency band. In fact human made microwave radiation exceeds the sun’s output by 10 to the power of 18. That is a quintillion times higher than the sun’s natural background. Using the sun’s LIGHT output as a measure of MICROWAVE safety is complete idiocy. Stop spreading misinformation.

    2. William Hofmeister says:

      You’re talking non-ionizing radiation and of a very low level of energy. Add in the fact that any effects fall off with 1/r(squared) distance. [That means if you double the distance, the effect is 1/4, triple the distance, the effect is 1/9] This type of energy has been studied for over 100 years and there is no credible evidence that at these levels it could possibly cause cancer. The effect is more a heating effect. At most it is like sticking you finger in a bowl of warm water. Even cell phones close up emit radiation too small of an amount of energy to have any effect. Even if you glued it to your head and left it on 24/7 for the rest of your life. This is just hysteria by people who know little science and are goaded on by fools trying to make a buck off of them. There is no shame in not understanding basic science, but ask a real scientist what is going on, not some con artist.

      1. William Hartmann says:

        You know the inverse square rule, I’m impressed. So many don’t.

      2. David Coker says:

        Scientists lie. We never went to the Moon. Stanley Kubrick has admitted to faking the Apollo missions for N.A.S.A. N.A.S.A. was originally staffed by N.A.Z.I. scientists brought to America in Operation Paper Clip. And Oswald did not kill J.F.K. And you sir are gullible as heck. Space shuttle Challenger AstroNots are also still alive. Christa McAuliffe is teaching school at Syracuse University.

  4. Darren Davis says:

    The children are just a source of income for the teachers and administrators. Once a teacher gets brain cancer, and only then will the tower be shut down.

  5. Betsy Whitfill says:

    Where is the nearest nuclear facility (disposal/power generation or other nuclear fission)?

  6. They also said artificial sweeteners were safe, WMD’s were in Iraq, and Anna Nichole Smith married for love.

    1. The world ain’t what it seems, is it Gunnie?
      You keep that in mind. The moment you think you got it figured, you’re wrong

  7. Californians are simply dumb. It is sad that so many folks are so stupid.

  8. $2,000 a month will pale in comparison to the lawsuit payouts should a link be discovered between the Tower’s location and the children’s development of cancer.

  9. R Henry says:

    Correlation is not causation.

    1. deguello13 says:

      Bingo! When I was growing up in the 1953 a deadly tornado hit the town. People searched for an explanation as people are want to do. The town had never been hit before, plus an old Hauco Indian legend had it that the tribe settled the town because their elders decided it was safe from tornadoes. So, with that history and Indian lore, how could such misfortune befall the town. Their must be a reason, right? Looking around to find something new that might have caused the calamity, it was soon decided by many nitwits that the new thing were nuclear bomb tests in the desert 500 miles away in New Mexico disturbing the atmosphere and etheric. Yeah, that’s the ticket, it was atom bomb test that caused the tornado. Sounds logical, doesn’t it? Only if you have no brains and are scared of Things-That -Go-Bump-In-The-Night.

  10. Saw this on Drudge. Went to for more real California news.

  11. While I can total have empathy for these parents and being a survivor myself I do understand. But is it possible that the problem may be with some other environmental issue since they go to the same school?

    Water? heavy metals? other possible causes? There must be someway that a cancer “hotspot” can be researched. I don’t completely disregard electromagnetic completely either. People can poo poo that all they want but any excessive exposure can cause different physical issues.

  12. The ignorance is sad. Cell phone towers do not transmit at ground level much radiation at all. In fact, when these Moms and Dads drive their kids school with a cell-phone in the car, the kids are exposed to thousands of times more radiation than from the tower.

    It’s a 2-way system. A cell phone is a radio sending the signal back except since you are close to it, you are being exposed to thousands of times more RF from that than a cell-phone tower in your backyard.

    People use wireless for babies via baby monitors and put WiFi in their homes and yet are concerned about a tower. Look, the tower adds next to nothing as far as exposure compared to your home, even the lights in your home.

    If there is a problem at the school, look elsewhere and find it.

  13. Otto Sez says:

    Parents seem to believe they become smart, just because they are willing to make a media spectacle for attention, and maybe some money.

  14. Susan Brinchman says:

    Parents, take all your children out of this school and file a lawsuit. The FCC allows 7.2 million times higher than what scientists say impacts the body’s cells (negatively). Get it in front of a jury and you’ll win, with all the science there now is. Sue the school board and superintendent. March in front of their homes, too, with signs. Refuse to allow your children to be harmed by greedy bureau-rats.

  15. Kidney Cancer is not likely caused by walking past low intensity radiation. It’s more likely from from pollutants. Check the water supply and the school for lead paint and other toxins. You may have another love canal situation. Was the school built on an old nuclear waste dump or military base? Check everything.

  16. Walter Kryshak says:

    Environmental Attorney, Author, Activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Wants Federal Warnings about WiFi Radiation Exposure Especially in Kids

  17. Four children out of how many over how many years, and what types of cancers? One kid out of 100,000 gets cancer, its sad, but when two do, suddenly everyone panics and tries to correlate a cause. Cancer clusters are almost always just random.

  18. Junior Naturel says:

    it’s all trump’s fault

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