Reports of ill effects on health have forced some schools in the U.K. to switch off their wireless networks. One such school is Carmarthenshire comprehensive Ysgol Pantycelyn. Headteacher Hywel Pugh said that, though the county council and central government gave assurances that wireless networks are safe, the school decided to take down WiFi due to parents’ concerns. The Stowe School in Buckinghamshire took the same action after a teacher fell violently ill allegedly due to radiation poisoning.
According to Sir William Stewart, who heads the Health Protection Agency, health risks associated with WiFi have become more evident over the last five years, and it is understandable if schools take precautionary steps. A spokesman for the Department for Education and Skills maintained that it would be “up to individual schools to decide” on the matter.