One year ago, the parent of a Portland Public Schools student sued the district with claims a new Wi-Fi network in his daughter’s middle school was poisoning her and potentially harming other students.
As WW reported, there’s no scientific evidence for such claims. The parent, David Mark Morrison, who works as a rare-book dealer, is part of a pseudo-scientific movement that claims Wi-Fi and related technologies cause everything from brain cancer to infertility to digestive complaints.
Most studies that adherents cite as evidence haven’t been published or peer-reviewed in reputable scientific journals. Some anti-wireless websites sell literature and protective charms, including amulets and crystals.
Portland Public Schools officials tell WW they have already spent $172,559 in public money to defend the district against Morrison’s claim that PPS’s Wi-Fi network has harmed his daughter.
Here is the earlier article from the same source about the lawsuit.
There’s virtually no scientific basis for the belief that Wi-Fi is a health threat. But the federal civil suit against PPS is the latest expression of anxiety by a growing community of Wi-Fi-phobic and self-diagnosed “electrosensitive” individuals who believe a laundry list of physical ailments can be traced to the proliferation of consumer electronics.
I’m at a loss as to how this person can show that his child was harmed by wi-fi when it is a ubiquitous thing and everyone is not sick.
Remember “sick building syndrome” and people afraid of microwaves? Same scares without any basis. This is a shame and an abuse of the legal system. Science doesn’t get decided in courts. There is not a basis for this nonsense and this lawsuit is at the expense of the students of this district.