Parents sue school over wi-fi

wi-fi symbol A US school which installed wi-fi for the benefit of students has suddenly found itself sued by one set of parents who thinks the nasty wireless hurt their precious snowflake.

Fay School in Southborough has been sued by the parents claiming their child suffers from electromagnetic hypersensitivity syndrome. The radio waves emitted by the school’s Wi-Fi routers cause the kid serious discomfort and physical harm.

The school has had wi-fi for a while, but it was at 2.5GHz. When the school moved to 5GHz routers the child apparently suffered from nausea and rashes to headaches and even chest pain. We got that on our last PC upgrade too.

The parents want an injunction that would force the school to accommodate their child, either by replacing the network with Ethernet or “turning down” the Wi-Fi whenever the kid walks into a room.

This will make sure that everyone in the school knows how important their precious snowflake is and that his parents actually had sex once to create him or her. It will also mean that a whole school will have to accept their view that their child’s illnesses are not a psychosomatic reaction to parents who keep embarrassing him at school.

The head of the Fay School, Rob Gustavson, said that Fay has completed exhaustive studies of its local airwaves, and that the campus is entirely compliant with safety regulations.

EHS is pretty much a made up illness. Studies have consistently showed that sufferers don’t directly react to the presence of electromagnetic fields but get sick anyway. The kid was diagnosed with EHS by Dr. Jeanne Hubbuch but the syndrome isn’t recognized among the broader medical community.

On her website Hubbuch describes herself as practising “integrative medicine” which in the UK we call a Holistic approach. She thinks wi-fi is the only thing that can be responsible for the kid’s illness.

District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman has scheduled a hearing for September 4, ahead of Fay’s classes resuming on September 9. The family’s lawyer, John Markham II, told the paper that the goal is to get a preliminary injunction that would allow the child to attend school without discomfort.