Balclutha’s WiFi Luddites David and Julia Hunter have been at it for a while – in more ways than one
Yesterday’s Julia Hunter WiFi story is but the culmination of years of concern/harassment/activism from the Hunters. ¬†This, from 2010:
The Rosebank Primary School in Balclutha has assured parents there are no safety issues about electromagnetic radiation levels emitted by the school’s Wi-Fi computer network, installed last September.
Two families are known to have withdrawn their children from the school in February and a third family joined them this week, citing concern about health risks.
But in a four-page newsletter, issued to parents by the school’s Board of Trustees on Thursday, the school insists the results of a National Radiation Laboratory test of equipment, carried out on January 20, prove the equipment complies with the relevant regulations and operates at “very safe levels of electromagnetic radiation”.
Principal Chris Morris confirmed six children had been withdrawn from the school over this issue so far.
“The school respects the rights of parents to make decisions.
“We are sad and disappointed, but we respect people’s right to choose. We’ve spent a considerable amount of time and money [$4410] investigating the process.”
Parent Kim Cruse said she would like the school to be more receptive to hearing parents’ concerns, and to look at all the evidence presented from both sides.
The Wi-Fi equipment was installed at the school last September, following recommendations in the Rosebank ERO report to upgrade the Information and Communications Technology system.
David and Julia Hunter, who removed their child at the beginning of the school term, are seeking legal advice over being publicly named by the school in this week’s newsletter.
It appears the Hunters continued to send their child to secondary school knowing that the school has WiFi, and then starts campaigning for WiFi to be taken out of the school. ¬†That makes no sense. ¬†Knowing their strong feelings about it all.
All this is even more remarkable when you know that the Hunters run an Internet provider company in Balclutha called Rivernet ¬† Read more »