Parents concerned over potential cell tower at local elementary

WATCH: Parents concerned over potential cell tower at local elementary

GERMANTOWN, Tenn. — Parents of a Germantown elementary school are not be happy after the Germantown School Board voted to put a cell tower behind an elementary school.

Parents at Dogwood Elementary told FOX13 they are worried the tower will be a risk to the health of students.

“There have been numerous studies that show all kinds of health effects from being exposed to radiation,” said Jennifer Bell, a parent.

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It’s been up for discussion by the Germantown School Board for months.

Monday night, they voted for the tower to placed 180 feet from the school.

Over the summer, the zoning consultant told FOX13 the tower will improve cell service in the area.

The tower is also important in case of an emergency.

Tuesday morning, FOX13 even experienced poor cell service near the school with our station issued phone.

According to the American Cancer Society, there are theories that argue against cell towers causing cancer.

However, we learned from the American Academy of Pediatrics there are risks of headaches, memory problems, dizziness and sleep problems.

Before construction on the cell tower can begin, it must first be reviewed and approved by Germantown City Council and Shelby County Commission.

If approved by the city of Germantown and the county, the tower will be built over the summer while students are on summer break.