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Posted: Monday, October 7, 2013 7:58 pm

In a letter addressed to the school district superintendent and board of education Monday night, a coalition of parent and community organizations at Malibu High School requested that classes be moved from the campus's middle school building until it was proven to be safe from environmental contaminants. The request comes one day after it was revealed that a third of the Malibu High School faculty had expressed fears that potential environmental contaminants on campus may have caused a cancer cluster among teachers.

The organizations also requested the district hold a town hall meeting to inform parents of its plan to address the health concerns, as well as appoint a liaison to keep the organizations informed and respond to questions. It requested a written response from the school district by 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

"We…write to address the crisis at Malibu High School arising out of the possibility that there is a substantial environmental threat to the safety of our children, teachers, and classified employees," the letter states (see attached left). 

The letter was sent on behalf of the Malibu High School Parent-Teacher Association, the Malibu Special Education Foundation, members of the Malibu High School Site Council, the Boys and Girls Club of Malibu, Advocates for Malibu Public Schools (AMPS) and the school's fundraising arm, the Shark Fund.

Each of the teachers who experienced health problems spent prolonged periods of time in buildings E (the main middle school building), F (Music and Drama), I (Visual Arts) and the school theater. Superintendent Sandra Lyon said Friday the district had retained an environmental consulting firm to test for mold, conduct air-quality monitoring and review a 2010 soil remediation report. In 2011, soil containing elevated levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from historic termite treatments was removed from a portion of the middle school quad adjacent to the buildings in question. 

Classes resumed Monday in the buildings, with school district officials stating it was safe for students to attend class. Television news trucks were parked outside the campus all day.

Seth Jacobson, who sits on the MHS Site Council and has a child in the middle school, said there was a lot of uncertainty among parents about whether it was safe for their children to attend class.

"It's about the district providing clear and transparent information about what's going on. and in the meantime keeping our children safe," Jacobson said. "I would say there's a tremendous amount of uncertainty and fear that needs to be addressed."

Laureen Sills, founder of the Malibu Special Education Foundation, said the goal of the organizations' request was to procure information and "prevent hysteria."

"There were parents packing up their kids and leaving school," Sills said. 

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  • Mo2Do posted at 6:56 pm on Wed, Oct 9, 2013.

    Mo2Do Posts: 9

    Is Malibu HS Missing Elephant in the Room?

    Ask Virginia Farver about school buildings and cancer. Her 29-year old son Rich died of brain cancer within a two year exposure to RF microwave radiation coming from a cell tower cluster on the campus of San Diego State University. Rich was one of SEVEN deaths that fell within this two year period. What do all these dead people have in common? They all spent considerable time in Room 131. Read the story here

    So what's going on over at Malibu High School? Is there WiFi in the buildings? Or cell towers? What are the microwave radiation levels in these classrooms? Has the administration or school board measured the radiation levels?

    The effects of prolonged exposure the electromagnetic radiation from wireless devices such as WiFi, wireless computers, wireless projectors, wireless microphone equipment, and cell phones can adversely effect health. (Also, CFL light bulbs emit EMF fields that can further impair health.)

    Wireless devices use low level radiofrequency (RF) microwaves. Over a period of time depending on exposure proximity, strength and personal genetics a person will develop symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, sleep disturbances, forgetfulness, anxiety, mood swings, depression, skin rashes, vision changes, ringing in the ears, nose bleeds, tingling sensation in arms/legs, intestinal disorders, heart palpitations, etc as well as cancer.

    Yes, the research is there. And it has been there, completed, since the 1970's. The FCC regulates the levels of RF exposure as well as the FDA regulates GMO's in our food. Our federal government and US military know of the dangers of continuous prolonged exposure to low levels of microwave radiation. Look at Barrie Trower, Magda Havas PhD, David Carpenter PhD, Devra Davis PhD for more information.

    The World Health Organization lists RF microwave radiation as a Class 2B possible carcinogen. This is the same category as lead and diesel fuel. Have we removed lead from paint and children's playing areas? Should we take the precautionary approach with RF microwave radiation for our children's safety?

    Check out the radiation yourself. Purchase an Acoustimeter AM-10 or a HF35C and go measure your child's classroom. You may be amazed at what they are bathing in for 8 hours a day. If you don't want my link go on Amazon. Just get one of these things and protect your family.

    Here is a link to EMR specialists that can measure and mitigate exposure as well as check out the affected school buildings or your home. See

  • Carolinecicero posted at 8:03 pm on Tue, Oct 8, 2013.

    Carolinecicero Posts: 2

    Hi ConcernedParent--what is the travesty to which you are referring at Webster? Many of us Webster parents and former Webster parents would like to know.

  • MalibuJack posted at 8:46 am on Tue, Oct 8, 2013.

    MalibuJack Posts: 1

    what have thy been allowing at Webster? Enlighten us.

  • ConcernedParent posted at 9:38 pm on Mon, Oct 7, 2013.

    ConcernedParent Posts: 3

    It's good to see parents, the PTA and AMPS stand up and tell the district what needs to be addressed. The SMMUSD has a history of sweeping things under the rug at Malibu school and only being concerned about damage control. Look what they have allowed to go on at Webster Elementary for 10 years! It's a travesty.