California schools warn flutes could be contaminated with semen – WCCO

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. (AP) – Parents were warned on Saturday that a music teacher from a non-profit group may have distributed flutes to schoolchildren contaminated with his own semen.

A state and federal investigation was underway to determine whether youths in Southern California schools had received contaminated flutes.

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The Los Angeles Unified School District said it was cooperating with an investigation into “alleged inappropriate sexual conduct involving a musical artist” that affected at least 13 school districts.

An LAUSD school may have been involved, the district said in a statement.

Several other Southern California districts notified parents via email Friday and Saturday that an artist associated with the nonprofit group Flutes Across the World was under investigation.

“The performer distributes a flute-shaped musical instrument made of PVC pipes or bamboo to students during a music lesson, and the allegation is that he contaminated some of these instruments with semen,” said Saugus Union School District Superintendent Joan Lucid. parents on Saturday, the 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 authorities for testing.

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KNBC-TV reported that a parent identified only as Nate went to the Fountain Valley police station Friday night to deliver a donated flute to his child, who attends Courrèges Elementary School.

“It’s disgusting, it’s unreal, you can’t even really imagine it,” another parent, 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 through six at two schools completed the program during the 2016-17 school year.

Presenters of such programs “are never alone with children,” but the entertainer will not return to the district out of “an 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, spokeswoman Chantel Uchida told The Register.

“We are so shocked and disgusted,” Uchida said of the allegations. “We will take a step back from this. It is not planned to continue in the future. »

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