California music teacher accused of giving students flutes soiled with his own semen
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FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif .– Parents were told on Saturday that a music teacher from a nonprofit group may have distributed flutes to schoolchildren contaminated with his own semen.
A state and federal investigation was underway to determine whether young people in schools in Southern California may have received tainted flutes.
The Los Angeles Unified School District said it was cooperating with an investigation into allegations of “inappropriate sexual conduct involving a musical artist” that affected at least 13 school districts.
A LAUSD school may have been involved, the district said in a statement.
On Friday and Saturday, several other districts in Southern California informed parents via email that an artist associated with the non-profit group Flutes Across the World was under investigation.
“The artist hands out a flute-like musical instrument made from PVC pipe or bamboo to students during a music class, and the allegation is that he contaminated some of these instruments with semen,” said Joan Lucid, Saugus Union School District Superintendent. parents on Saturday, Orange County Register reported.
The interpreter was not immediately identified.
Messages seeking comment from John Zeretzke, founder of Flutes Across the World, were not immediately returned on Saturday evening.
Parents in some districts have been asked to put the flutes in paper bags and hand them over to the authorities for testing.
KNBC-TV reported that a parent identified only as Nate went to the Fountain Valley Police Station on Friday night to deliver a donated flute to his child, who attends CourrÃ¨ges Elementary School.
“It’s disgusting, it’s unreal, you can’t even really understand it,” another relative, who wished not to be named, told the station. “It hurts my stomach.”
Flutes Across the World has provided musical presentations in several local school districts. The Fullerton School District said students in grades four to six at two schools had the program in the 2016-17 school year.
The presenters of these programs “are never alone with children,” but the artist will not be returning to the neighborhood out of “excess of caution,” the district said on its website.
The district said the music program was sponsored by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County.
The company sponsored Flutes Across the World to bring the program to six classrooms in three years, spokesperson Chantel Uchida told the Register.
âWe are so shocked and disgusted,â Uchida said of the allegations. âWe will take a step back from that. There are no plans to continue it in the future. “
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