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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Email exchange with Dr. Rod Rock on the dangers of Wi-Fi in school setting

Dr. Rod Rock apparently wants to hide behind flawed or old studies that have been long since replaced with independent and more credible research in order to say the use of Wi-Fi in schools is safe, but it does not hold water because it is not based on studies of exposure of children, in schools, long term exposure, or for anything besides "heating of tissues".  The damage from this type of exposure is done at the cellular and genetic level, not from heating tissues. 

"His" research is also either biased by the Wi-Fi industry (funded or completed by entities set to benefit by the proliferation of Wi-Fi), not based on long term exposure (most "Wi-Fi is safe" studies were based on a total of six minutes of exposure, which is not the same as 1,200 hours per school year times 13 years = 15, 600 hours, or 936,000 minutes of exposure over a k-12 education career), not based on testing on children or pregnant women, based on an "average exposure meter measurement over a period of time" rather than measuring actual spikes of signals as they happen (the high spikes are dangerous), and/or based on Wi-Fi not "heating body tissues", which is not how this band of electromagnetic damage occurs in living tissues. 

Alternatives to Wi-Fi communications to the internet are wired fiber optic and two forms of wired ethernet, so Wi-Fi is not the only answer and it is certainly not the "safe" answer to long term internet communication for children (or anyone else for that matter).   

I think if Dr. Rock wants to subject children to his EMF Wi-Fi pollution experiment, he should use his own children, not ours.  When I recommended that to him, I got no response to the suggestion.   

Here is Dr. Rod Rock's and my email exchange: 

From: "Rod Rock"
To:  "Dawn Schaller" 
Sent: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 2:21:35 PM
Subject: Re: Information on Dangers of Wi-Fi in school settings

Mrs. Schaller:
As I said, our district relies on OSHA and other entities that govern schools, hospitals, universities, and other public places.
Thanks again for your input and concern,

From: "Dawn Schaller" 
To:  "Rod Rock" 
Sent: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 2:13 PM

Dr. Rock,

It's too bad the information you have is either old and since replaced with more credible research, biased (funded or completed by entities set to benefit by the proliferation of Wi-Fi), not based on long term exposure (six minutes of exposure is not the same as 1,200 hours per school year times 13 years = 15, 600 hours of exposure over a k-12 education career), not based on testing on children or pregnant women, based on an "average meter measurement over a period of time" instead of measuring actual spikes of signals as they happen (the high spikes are dangerous), and/or based on "heating of tissues", which is not how this band of electromagnetic damage occurs to tissues. 

I don't agree with you making the CCS students and your employees your guinea pigs.  Better yet, why don't you put your money where your mouth is and bring your own daughter to CCS?  Not only make her go to school here, but stay here after hours in order to soak up more Wi-Fi radiation.  What?  You don't want to do that?  No surprise to me.  Experiment on your own children before you poison ours.... 

I am not doing this to spite you, nor to benefit my daughter (as you know she is not in CJHS any longer due to being bullied out last school year shortly after you took over as superintendent), but because I am concerned that the health of the students and staff is at risk and because I foresee millions of dollars being wasted on technology tools that will be useless once kids and adults start getting sick and the district drops Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi devices as their technology tools.

You owe it to the CCS residents and taxpayers, CCS students and CCS staff to research this thoroughly before forcing both the $20 million bond and this dangerous technology on them.

I'm sorry, but my information trumps yours.  As they said in the "X Files", "the truth is out there".  I will make sure I get the truth out.



From: "Rod Rock" 
To:  "Dawn Schaller" 
Sent: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 9:36:07 AM
Subject: Re: Information on Dangers of Wi-Fi in school settings

Mrs. Schaller:

Thank you for sharing the information on WIFI.
I have compiled the district's stance and standards on this issue at the following link:

Thank you,

From: "Dawn Schaller"  
To:  "Rod Rock", "William Burgess", "Cheryl McGinnis" 

Sent: Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 3:09 PM, 

Dr. Rock, Mr. Burgess, and Mrs. McGinnis,

I have not received even an acknowledgment of receipt of this email from Dr. Rock, or anyone else for that matter (contrary to my experience from previous emails I sent to Dr. Rock).  I understand the issues with individual Board members not being able to comment, but Dr. Rock should have acknowledged it at a minimum.

The Clarkston Community School district has a moral and legal obligation to provide a safe learning environment for all students. 

You cannot stick your heads in the sand and ignore the information that I have provided to you.  Should any student, staff member, volunteer, or other visitor be harmed by the wireless technology in the school buildings, you three and the district as a whole will be legally and morally responsible for the damage done to to the harmed party.  You cannot claim ignorance to the dangers of Wi-Fi in schools.

I forwarded my March 29th email to Dr. Rock (in which I copied Mr. Burgess, and Mrs. McGinnis and the rest of the School Board) to the press.  I will also forward this email to the press.

Please take a look at this video as it provides much of the information you need in order to see how much exposure the students and staff would likely receive by school wide Wi-Fi and wireless devices in the hands of the students and teachers:       

Please acknowledge receipt of this email.

Please also advise what you intend to do about plans to put wireless communication in all of the CCS schools.  There ARE alternatives (fiber optic and two forms of wired ethernet) that would not affect the health of the students as wireless Wi-Fi would do while still supplying "technology" to the students.  The speed/quality of the transmission is also better than Wi-Fi.

From: "Dawn Schaller
To: "Dr. Rod Rock"
Cc: "William T. Burgess", "Steve Hyer", "Cheryl McGinnis", "Elizabeth Egan", " Barry Bomier", Joan Patterson", Susan Boatman", "Rosalie Lieblang"
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2012 4:43:27 AM
Subject: Information on Dangers of Wi-Fi in school settings

Dr. Rock,

I spoke at the end of the 3/26/12 CCS Board meeting.  I said that I had done research on the use of Wi-Fi in schools and asked if you had checked into the health concerns of Wi-Fi in schools prior to proposing WI-Fi technology for the schools.  You did not comment on that when you spoke after I spoke at the meeting and you have not responded to me since then on the subject.

I would hope that you have not done any research on health issues on the use of Wi-Fi in schools, because if you had, I feel that would mean that you were deliberately putting the health and safety of the CCS students, staff, and volunteers at risk.  After receiving this email you cannot pretend that you have no knowledge about the health dangers of Wi-Fi in order to deny responsibility for the health effects that may result from implementing district wide Wi-Fi in schools. 

I would like to make you aware of some research I was able to find on the internet in regard to Wi-Fi.  Please check out the following data and links that have information on the dangers of Wi-Fi in general and specifically in schools.

It is estimated that 3% of the population is "extremely sensitive" to Wi-Fi radiation and a third of the population is "sensitive".  However, Wi-Fi puts everyone who is exposed to it on a long term basis (like students and employees in a school setting) at a potentially greater risk of short and long term health impacts.

This is a public school system that is in place to support ALL CCS students.  The school district has an obligation to provide a safe environment for all of the students, employees, volunteers, and anyone else who comes into the school buildings.  If the school district puts in 24x7 Wi-Fi, a student or employee who is sensitive to the effects of the Wi-Fi may be unable to attend school (or work) at all or could be made sick by the radio frequency microwaves from the Wi-Fi.  The youngest children and pregnant women are very sensitive, but others could also be more prone to problems.  

"The Seletun Panel (February, 2011), consisting of international scientists and experts, including Lloyd Morgan, recommends wired internet access in schools, and strongly recommends that schools do not install wireless internet connections that create pervasive and prolonged EMF exposures for children.  .  The Panel was led by Professor Olle Johansson, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, The Experimental Dermatology Unit, Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, Stockhom, Sweden) who submitted an open letter to Canada’s Greater Victoria School District stating further explaining his concern that, ‘WI-FI routers can not be regarded as safe in schools, but must be deemed highly hazardous and unsafe for the children as well as for the staff.’ See: for more information.

Adverse health effects from this long-term low level electromagnetic radiation include:
       heart attack,
       cell death,
       diseases of the blood,
       interference to bone marrow,
       brain tumors,
       altered calcium level in cells,
       reduction in night-time melatonin,
       suppression of the immune system,
       skin problems,
       lymphatic diseases,
       vaginal discharge,
       vascular system disease,
       childhood cancer,
       sleep problems,
       mental problems involving depression,
       memory loss,
       difficulty in concentrating,
       dizziness and fatigue,
       suicidal tendencies,
       and infertility. (Trower  Dec. ¶ 21).

Other health endpoints that have been reported to be associated with ELF and/or RF include:
       childhood leukemia,
       adult brain tumors,
       childhood brain tumors,
       genotoxic effects (DNA damage and micronucleation),
       neurological effects and neurodegenerative disease (like ALS and Alzheimer's),
       immune system disregulation,
       allergic and inflammatory responses,
       breast cancer in men and women,
       and some cardiovascular effects. (Carpenter Dec. ¶ 8)

There is "suggestive" to "strongly-suggestive" evidence that RF exposures may cause changes in:
       cell membrane function,
       cell communication,
       activation of proto-oncogenes,
       and can trigger the production of stress proteins at exposure levels below current regulatory limits. (Carpenter Dec. ¶ 10).

Resulting effects can include:
       DNA breaks and chromosome aberrations,
       cell death including death of brain neurons,
       increased free radical production,
       activation of the endogenous opioid system,
       cell stress and premature aging,
       changes in brain function including memory loss,
       retarded learning,
       performance impairment in children,
       headaches and fatigue,
       sleep disorders,
       neurodegenerative conditions,
       changes in immune function (allergic and inflammatory responses),
       and reduction in melatonin secretion and cancers. (Id.)

These links have more information:  There is a civil action lawsuit against the Portland Public School district in regard to the district's use of Wi-Fi.  It is also attached to this email as a PDF document.   This is an audio interview of Magda Havas, an expert in the study of Wi-Fi and other forms of microwave radiation.  This is a very good document to start with (also on the email attachment:  07_Havas_WiFi-SNAFU.pdf)  Dr. Magda Havas' website (BSc, PhD, Associate Professor of Environmental and Resource Studies at Trent University, Peterborough, Canada)      Important video by Dr. Magda Havas, BSc, PhD, Associate Professor of Environmental and Resource Studies at Trent University, Peterborough, Canada    Information on responsible digital communication in schools,72,0   Citizens for Safe Technology website     Information about Wolfe-Parkinson-White Syndrome, a heart condition that 1 in every 700 students has where Wi-Fi exposure can trigger episodes of arrhythmia and tachycardia.

Additional sources of information on Wi-Fi on the web:

Should you implement the technology plan utilizing Wi-Fi devices in the schools as stated in the proposed bond and/or you continue to utilize Wi-Fi in the schools, I will consider you responsible for the health concerns that ensue on the students as well as district employees and volunteers who might be affected by the microwave radiation from both the Wi-Fi antennas as well as the wireless devices the students will be using.  The Portland Public School system is being sued by parents in regard to the use of Wi-Fi in their schools.

I want you to know that I am not against technology.  I work in the technology industry, but my being contrary to the current bond request and Wi-Fi technology is not related to any personal financial matter on my part.  My opposition to the bond is related to the already high district debt, excessive cost for the bond, lack of proper planning on the part of the district, using the students as guinea pigs in regard to the teaching technology and the use of Wi-Fi technology (health and safety), as well as a lack of concern for the wants and needs of the community.   

Solution: When using internet connectivity, there is a wired alternative that does not expose humans to RF damage.  It is called powerline networking.

If the district ends up putting Wi-Fi in all of the schools and supplying the students wireless devices to use in school and/or at home, there is likely to be a health epidemic in the school system related to the Wi-Fi that may be felt at the outset and for decades to come (after you have left Clarkston Schools for greener pastures). 

You have now been advised and you cannot feign ignorance of the health dangers of Wi-Fi in schools.  Therefore, should the district go ahead with the Wi-Fi initiative in the district, whether or not the bond passes, I will hold both you personally, and the district as a legal entity, responsible and liable for the health impacts on the students, the employees, and volunteers who may be affected in the district. 

By the way, I will be forwarding this same information to the press.

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