FOX 2 (WJBK) - The battle rages on over a cell phone tower on top of an elementary school in Wyandotte, as concerned parents are not giving up on their efforts to take it down.
And now a Wayne State University professor is weighing in - and he's not holding back.
"Whoever's plan to put this cellular tower so close to the students and teachers, is wrong," said Professor John Liu.
Liu has a background in electrical and computer engineering.
"I invented the modem for DirecTV," he said. "Back then we called it a space wave. That’s the project we started at Huge Electronics in 1998."
The professor said this type of technology does not belong that close to the human body.
"It’s pure evil, read my lips, this is pure evil," he said. "Each sector is transmitting 40 watts continuously. They are facing a high risk of brain tumor."
But despite what this academic’s research claims, the school district has allowed the tower on the grounds of George Washington Elementary School.
The tower is also near a playground. The school district entered into an agreement with T-Mobile and will get paid monthly.
But parents say they want it removed before it becomes operational.
An recent informational meeting was cut short by the district when frustration by parents boiled over.
"'We as a school,' how about, we the parents," yelled one parent at the meeting.
"I’m disappointed in our parents this was designed to be informational," said Catherine Cost district superintendent.
Now a GoFundMe has been started to raise funds for litigation to remove the tower. CLICK HERE to learn more.
"Unfortunately it doesn’t look like we’re going to be able to reach an amicable resolution outside of a judge," said attorney Josh Castmore, whose kids attend George Washington.
The American Cancer Society says there’s no strong evidence that proves radio frequency waves are harmful — however the organization says this does not mean exposure to RF waves from cell phone towers has been proven to be absolutely safe.
FOX 2 reached out to the superintendent for comment but there has not been a response as of deadline.
A city council and school board meeting will both take place next week.
"There is quite a few parents plan to attend," Castmore said.
The professor says he will support the parents' fight
"We have to fight to protect our kids and teachers," Liu said.