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Fathers win school Wi-Fi battle

Published: 6:08PM Sunday December 29, 2013 Source: ONE News

Two Kapiti Coast fathers have won a major battle in their fight to have Wi-Fi removed from their local school.

Damon Wyman and David Bird have been leading a campaign to remove the wireless system from Te Horo School and replace it with cable-based internet due to concerns it could cause cancer and other health problems.

"We've been inundated from health professionals from all around the world, and so have the board, all expressing their concern with Wi-Fi, and advocated for it to be removed from our school," said Mr Wyman.

The school board has now decided to take Wi-Fi out of junior classes and replace it with cable-based internet.

However, in a statement, the school said W-Fi would not be removed from the senior school due to the wishes of parents who were surveyed on the issue.

It maintains that it believes wireless internet is safe, a view shared by the Government.

"We have sourced information from the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health and other submissions," the statement read.

"Based on this information the board believes that Wi-Fi does not pose a health risk to staff or students."

My Wyman and Mr Bird have said they will continue to advocate for the total removal of the system at Te Horo School.