Tribunal Dismisses Family’s Complaint That Wi-Fi Caused Son’s Migraine Headaches

A case in which the family of a British Columbia middle school student claimed that Wi-Fi signals had given him migraine headaches has been dismissed.

According to a new report from CBC, a Vancouver Island student’s family had claimed that electromagnetic fields (EMFs) generated by Wi-Fi, cell phones, and other electronics had caused him crippling migraines, leaving the Grade 6 student feeling “upset, frustrated and angry.”

Last week, the tribunal representing the Saanich School District, dismissed the complaint, explaining that there is no tangible proof that the boy’s migraines were caused by EMFs.

The boy’s family had requested that 25 percent of his middle school be designated “Wi-Fi free.”

“This is a very unfortunate case, where a young boy has been isolated from his peers at school even though his caregivers claim that he wants to be among his peers and learning in a school environment,” tribunal member Walter Rilkoff wrote.

The boy, who was only referred to as T, has a condition called electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS), claim his family members. EMF exposure triggers symptoms such as migraine headaches, nausea, insomnia, and night terrors, the family said.

However, no scientific evidence exists that links these symptoms to EMF exposure, reads the report. “In fact,” the report continues, “in studies where EHS sufferers have been intentionally exposed to EMFs, they did not exhibit symptoms of the condition or even detect they were being exposed, according to Health Canada.”

Unfortunately, “the tribunal document paints a picture of the gradual segregation of a child by the adults who are trying to protect him,” reads the report.

Read the entire report on the boy’s situation here.