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Briarlake PTA Lobbying Local Pols, Building Campaign Against Cell Tower

Some parents plan to attend a Sept. 24 meeting in Clarkston regarding the T-Mobile cell towers, which were recently approved by the DeKalb County Board of Education.

Parents upset with an incoming cell phone tower at are putting together a protest campaign hoping the DeKalb County Board of Education reverses its July approval of the tower.

PTA members plan to post signs around the school and surrounding neighborhood and have begun lobbying local General Assemby representatives, including Scott Holcomb, Steve Henson and Sen. Fran Millar, said Stephanie Byrne, a PTA board member.

"Right now, we're really just trying to put pressure on the board of education," she said. "I don't think they have a lot of friends. At least in the political world."

Some parents plan to attend a Sept. 24 meeting at the Clarkston Women's Club in Clarkston organized by two groups protesting the construction of cell phone towers on school sites across the country. The Briarlake Elementary group has already launched a website, including a photo of students holding protest signs, to get the word out.

"People still don’t know in our area," Byrne said. "We’re knocking on doors and talking to neighbors who still don’t know."

In the North Druid Hills-Briarcliff community, the board also approved a cell tower at . T-Mobile proposed 12 towers, but the board knocked three off the list, including the now-shuttered , after angry parents protested before the vote.

Lee-Ann September 20, 2011 at 09:43 AM
I live near Briarlake (across LaVista from the school) and sent my kids there. I'd like to know what the basis is for the protest. The school system desperately needs money, and cell coverage in the area is lousy. If it were harmful to the kids, none of that would matter, though. So I did a little (very little) research by looking at the American Cancer Center's web site. According to this well-respected source, there is no evidence that cell phone towers are a cancer risk, because the type of radiation given off does not affect DNA, and the nature of the towers makes the level of radiation at ground level very low in any case. It's no higher than a similar type, radio waves, that are surrounding people in metro areas all the time. The article is very clear, brief, and explains the issue well. Here is the link: http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/CancerCauses/OtherCarcinogens/AtHome/cellular-phone-towers.
Cheryl Miller September 30, 2011 at 12:41 AM
That article is outdated (from the ACS). The authority is the WHO and they have said that it is a possible carcinigen and more research is needed. No studies have ever been done on children, but it is suspected that they are more vulnerable. Here's Dr. Oz and Opra if you don't believe the World Health Organization: http://www.oprah.com/health/Dr-Oz-Explains-Cell-Phone-Dangers-and-How-to-Avoid-Them. Or, just stick your kid in the microwave on defrost and see what happens (not seriously). It is the same form of radiation, just a higher frequency. If it can cook meat, it can cook people... we're just doing it more slowly. And, yes, it does affect DNA. We just normally are able to recover when we are exposed for short bursts of time. What we are doing with all these towers is slowly increasing everyone's exposure little by little and making it a 24/7 exposure the body never has time to recover from. Do a little more research and check out www.getthecelloutatl.org before you write this one off. And, the homeowners will lose in property value so their tax dollars will decline and likely erase any increase in dollars the contract for towers will bring in. And, you might scare off enough people that your school could be back on the closure list before you know it.
Cheryl Miller September 30, 2011 at 12:43 AM
www.thepetitionsite.com/1/GTCO-ATL is the link for the countywide petition.
Cheryl Miller September 30, 2011 at 03:03 PM
American Cancer Society regarding WHO announcement: Otis W. Brawley, MD, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, comments that the report reached reasonable conclusions, and that its findings need to be interpreted with great care. Dr. Brawley notes the classification means that there could be some risk, but that the evidence is not strong enough to confirm the link, and needs to be researched further. "The bottom line is the evidence is enough to warrant concern, but it is not conclusive." (That is a lot different than saying "there is no evidence.") http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/news/News/who-says-cell-phones-possibly-cause-cancer
Cheryl Miller November 05, 2011 at 07:02 PM
Why does every Briarlake press announcement include facts that are incorrect or support the school board's side of the issue? And, if the PTA knew in May about the towers, why didn't they speak out against them back then when we did at Brockett? Is it pehaps the bad PR they are more worried about stopping once the word got out in the community that the PTA knew and did nothing? Stop hijacking our efforts and claiming them as your own. We are forming a resolution of our own and it is to expose the corruption at every level of this school system so choose your sides wisely.
Cheryl Miller November 05, 2011 at 07:04 PM
Really Nancy? How much money do you think your school will get? Have you been told something the rest of us have not? I just want to know the price tag you place on your child's health and wonder why you think you have the right to place that same price tag on someone else's child who did not even get a voice in this entire process? Not very nice or neighborly of you, is it?

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