DEKALB COUNTY, Ga.,None - Cellphone towers will be appearing at several DeKalb County schools, but after public outcry, some schools were removed from the list.
At a Monday night school board meeting, a proposal in favor of the towers was shot down for three schools and approved for nine others.
The board voted to remove Brockett, Medlock and Meadowview elementary schools from the proposal. Pat Camp, a resident near Medlock Elementary said shes glad the board listened to concerns.
"It appears to have had an effect, which means that public participation in the process can benefit," Camp said.
Cheryl Miller got nearly 100 petition signatures from Brockett parents against the proposal. Miller, whose daughter attended pre-kindergarten at Brockett, said shes concerned about radiation emitted from the towers. She said she was pleasantly surprised the towers wont be coming to Brockett.
"I wish it would have gone through for all schools in DeKalb County. If it's not safe for one school, it's not safe for any school," Miller told Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri.
The board approved cellphone towers on nine school properties, including Briarlake, Flat Rock, Jolly, Narvie J. Harris, Princeton and Smoke Rise elementary schools, Margaret Harris Center and Martin Luther King Jr. and Lakeside high schools.
Board members said some areas want the cell towers for the revenue they could bring the school district, as well as for improved cellphone reception in rural areas.