Safe Schools for Prince George's County

Parents, Neighbors, and Students Against  Cell Towers on School Property

News Coverage as We Raise Awareness

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“There isn’t any amount of money you could pay me to risk my child’s safety,...I think parents might want to think about the issue of the long-term effects of the towers. It is a controversial, scientific debate right now and it’s just common sense, in my mind, to say, ‘let’s put something safe up.’”

Milestone Cell towers continue to go up on school grounds

PG Sentinel,  August 27, 2015






 






Excellent Evening News Piece. Click to Watch it.

2015 August 4 FOX5 Washington, DC 5 PM Report Cell Tower at Wheaton High School













Wheaton High School Cell Tower Radiation Levels are 1000 to 5000 times higher than nearby Arcola Elementary School  where there is not a cell tower.



"We couldn't afford a lawyer," she said. "It's a matter of David and Goliath.”
Parents ask judge to block school cell tower
Capital Gazette July 31, 2015


A Local Parent Raises Questions about Cell Tower Deal

Prince George’s Advocates for Better Schools, June 8, 2015



Why do we keep torturing neighbors? Why do we keep torturing parents?' Our neighborhoods have spoken loud and clear, they don't want these on their local school sites," Sartucci concluded.

MCPS places controversial cellular towers at predominantly high-poverty schools, stats show

WJLA APRIL 23RD 2015


"she was attempting to track the history of the school system’s cell phone tower policy by making open records requests and looking through minutes of meetings by the school board and its subsidiary committees.”
PG Board of Education Violates Open Meetings Act

PG Sentinel, April 15, 2015


The sponsor, Del. Herb McMillan, R-Annapolis, said he was surprised the bill failed, as it had support from a majority of the delegates, 12 to 0, when it was approved by the delegation on March 20.
Anne Arundel cell tower moratorium bill fails

Capital Gazette April 7, 2015


The bill was passed 12-0 …."There are well-financed groups opposed to this bill," McMillan said.

Anne Arundel delegates approve school cell tower moratorium
Capital Gazette March 20, 2015


"O'Kane also expressed concern over having diesel fuel, a carcinogen, from generators stored at the site and the potential of having workers coming onto school grounds around the clock."
School sign would top cell tower at Corkran Middle
Capital Gazette March 20, 2015








Group questions putting cell towers on school grounds

WBAL Barry Simms Feb, 2015


“They think they will wear us again and we’re going to go away,” PG-NAACP President Bob Ross said, “but those tactics are not going to work. We don’t roll that way.”

State legislator proposes bill regarding non-educational uses of school property due to cell tower controversy

Prince George's Sentinel Dec 24, 2014




"The city has opposed cellphone towers on city property for more than a decade...The vote was unanimous."

Greenbelt Maryland Council  Opposes Cell Towers 

The Washington Post, December 2, 2014



'Citizens, homeowners and parents from Montgomery, Prince George's, Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties have formed a group called the Maryland Coalition Against Cell Towers on Schools. They want all cellphone tower construction on school grounds in the state to stop immediately."
Group fights siting of cell towers
WTOP NEWS 


"The Maryland Coalition Against Celltowers on School Grounds is the most recent evidence of a coordinated effort by those who oppose the construction of the towers."

Maryland Group forms to fight cell towers at schools. 

Washington Post




In regards to the need for a special exception hearing.."I think the nature of the business clearly dictates that there will more than four visits. It should not be an enforcement issue.”
Cell Phone Towers Continue To Cause Concerns 
 ​Prince George's Sentinel Sept 17, 2014          



"If there is a possibility to cause harm to our children . . . it is your responsibility to look at all the possibilities,” said Ross, who decided to join the group of concerned residents after members of the newly formed Safe Schools for Prince George’s County met with members of his board."
In Pr. George’s County, momentum builds against cellphone towers at school sites
The Washington Post September 3, 2014


Alluding the tragedy at Love Canal in Buffalo, NY, where health effects were not known until 20 years later, Bob Ross, President of the NAACP said “the same thing could happen with cell towers”.
“I love technology…but if there is a possibility that it would cause harm to our children,  …it is your responsibility to look at all possibilities, and if there is one iota of a chance that it could cause harm to our children then we have the responsibility and the duty not to move on…We are asking to hold off on installing any more cell towers…until we…hear all the facts.”
Breaking News: PG NAACP President Calls for Halt to PGCPS Cell Tower Deal


"We asked for documents, e-mails and correspondence that would explain what is going on between the Prince George's County Board of Education and Milestone Communications Management III, Inc. through a Maryland Public Information Act request. 

It looks like quite a lot has gone on in just the last year between the PG Board of Education and Milestone Communications Management III.  So much has gone on that the PG Board of Education is charging us $4,532 to see these documents!"

 Breaking News: A Lot to Hide in Milestone Cell Tower Deal!  

Parent's Coalition of Montgomery County



"A group of Bowie and Prince George's County parents have banded together to stop construction of cellphone towers at public schools, and hope the first week of school will boost their numbers.

Parents against the proposals fear electromagnetic and radio-frequency emissions from cell towers pose a health risk for the children. "

A group of Bowie and Prince George's County parents have banded together to stop construction of cellphone towers at public schools, and hope the first week of school will boost their numbers.

Parents against the proposals fear electromagnetic and radio-frequency emissions from cell towers pose a health risk for the children, possibly hurting their ability to learn.

- See more at: http://www.capitalgazette.com/bowie_bladenews/news/ph-ac-bb-cell-towers-20140821,0,5678714.story#sthash.6OroihUX.hzRWHTuz.dpuf

Bowie parents push back against school cell tower proposals

Bowie parents push back against school cell tower proposals - See more at: http://www.capitalgazette.com/bowie_bladenews/news/ph-ac-bb-cell-towers-20140821,0,5678714.story#sthash.6OroihUX.hzRWHTuz.dpuf
Bowie parents push back against school cell tower proposals - See more at: http://www.capitalgazette.com/bowie_bladenews/news/ph-ac-bb-cell-towers-20140821,0,5678714.story#sthash.6OroihUX.hzRWHTuz.dpuf
Bowie parents push back against school cell tower proposals - See more at: http://www.capitalgazette.com/bowie_bladenews/news/ph-ac-bb-cell-towers-20140821,0,5678714.story#sthash.6OroihUX.hzRWHTuz.dpuf

The Bowie Blade 8/21/2014



“I don’t think putting cell towers on school property
should be a business that schools are involved in.” 
Prince George’s County: The latest school system to face debate over planned cellphone towers,
 The Washington Post, July 7 2014


"Twenty-five thousand dollars.
According to some Bowie parents, that’s the price that has been set on their children’s health and well-being."

“Cell towers aren’t good neighbors,” Sartucci said. 'Cell phone towers are dangerous and use hazardous materials, which are dangerous for kids. We wouldn’t put gas stations on a playground.”
Parents and neighbors oppose cell phone tower
 ​Prince George's Sentinel ​June 2014

"We are at a crossroads. This is not a NIMBY issue to me.
I don’t want a cell tower in anyone’s back yard."
LYNN BEIBER: BENJAMIN TASKER CELL TOWER PROPOSAL IS AT A CROSSROADS
CAPITAL GAZETTE, JULY 2014

“If they put a cell phone tower there, I may have to enroll my son in private school,”
Parents continue fight to stop cell phone tower
Prince George's Sentinel July 2014


Possible Prince George's County schools cellphone towers draw controversy
WTOP NEWS

RappNews.com








"The ink is barely dry on this latest cell tower deal for Charles H. Flowers High School. Maxwell just signed this agreement on August 5th.'

CEO Maxwell signs to build another cell tower, no BOE vote on project.  PGCPS Mess 8/22/14


"STOP Cell Towers from being erected on Prince George’s County School property!!!!"  

This blog posted our  petition and website! Thank you! 

The Prince George’s County Community says NO to CELL TOWERS.

PGCPS MESS July 2014


"This is the super cool “deal” that Prince George’s schools chief Kevin M. Maxwell has been pushing on behalf of Milestone Communications."
Watch: BOE Puts Cell Towers on 73 Pgcps Playgrounds in 40 Seconds.
Prince George's County Mess 

4 NBC Washington

Media Coverage on Cell Tower Issues in  Maryland


Neighbors say no to cell tower at Rockville school
Group wants ban at Julius West Middle School
Gazette


"Lathe said she and her husband purchased their home because they thought the farm property behind them could not be developed. ...Notices were sent to property owners telling them of the tower plans. Lathe, who lives directly adjacent to the tower site, said she never received a notice."

Residents concerned about cell tower siteHealth issues, property values among concerns

​Carroll County Times,July 2014 


"Parents Decry Wootton Cell Tower Proposal, Principal Decides Not to Move Forward saying  "After careful consideration of AT&T's request to place a cell tower on Wootton's property and your clear and strong opposition to the proposal, it has been decided that we will not move forward with the proposal. I thank you for your continued support of Wootton and our community."
Vocal and unanimous opposition to a cell tower proposal displayed at community meeting Tuesday

Bethesda Magazine 2014



"Parents objected to the tower out of health concerns, even though federal standards for the towers address the issue, and the risks of a tower collapse."

Developer withdraws Piney Orchard cell tower plans: Milestone Communication moving ahead with plans at other schools

​Capital Gazette2014


"Baltimore City schools collected nearly $678,000 by allowing more than a dozen cellphone towers on school property this year. And Montgomery County will make nearly $832,000 from cell towers this year — though the school system allows parents to vote on whether they want the towers"
Cell towers at schools ignite debate in Arundel
Baltimore Sun 2013




SENTINEL 2014-05-22 Duncan No Brainer

A "No Brainer"? 

An Excellent Cartoon about the Montgomery County  School Cell Tower debacle!

It applies to us here in Prince George's too! 

The Sentinel has been covering this issue for years! 

With permission of The Sentinel Newspapers. c 2014 The Montgomery County Sentinel.





Local Blogs!

"A more imminent threat to the health and welfare of Prince Georgians is the building of nine cell phone towers in school areas where they will remain for a time period of 10-20 years."

PGC BLOG


"Parents and residents in Prince George’s County Maryland have started a campaign “Safe Schools for Prince George’s County” 

EMF SAFETY NETWORK





International Press



"Citizens of Prince George's County in Maryland, opposed to the construction of 73 cell towers on school properties, have formed a coalition to protect the health of their children."

TOWARDS BETTER HEALTH  2014

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DC URBAN MOMS

Several Forums on their site  are discussing this issue.

Cell Towers Going Up

73 Towers on Schools.








"Parent's held an emergency meeting

in May saying they would continue to fight over the summer."

ABC Reports

The Buzz

ABC News Channel 7

Parents and Officials Divided over Cell Tower. July 2014