Music teacher suspected of contaminating flutes with semen, upsetting Southern California school districts

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Two Southern California school districts delivered mixed messages over the weekend as they tried to guide parents through a fear sparked last week by a state and federal investigation into a music specialist suspected of ‘contaminating musical instruments with semen.

In response to the investigation, the Saugus Union School District in Los Angeles County enlisted the help of parents in collecting evidence as part of the investigation, which it said “focuses on workshops where the pupils made “flutes” from PVC pipes with a specific individual “.

The a message, signed by the Superintendent. Joan Lucid, included a list of seven locations where the specialist, whose identity has not been disclosed, has given workshops and assemblies.

Parents whose children had brought home the instruments were advised to “place the flute in a paper bag, not plastic, and call the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.” The paper was considered less likely to damage the evidence.

Sheriff’s sergeant. Mike Konecny ​​said on Sunday that MPs had been dispatched on “at least one or two calls” to pick up flutes.

The district said places where another specialist gave the same workshop were not listed because they were not part of the survey.

A a message published by the Fullerton School District in Orange County advised parents not to collect flutes.

“Our district has checked with our police chief, Fullerton, and the program flutes do not need to be tested or collected for the police department or the Justice Department,” a post said on Saturday. morning.

Fullerton Police spokesperson Sgt. Jon Radus declined to comment further on Sunday, saying the investigation was being conducted by the California Department of Justice.

The state attorney general’s office told the Los Angeles Times in a statement on Saturday that it “supports” a US Postal Inspection Service investigation, in part by working with local police and schools to collect the instruments.

It was not clear why the Postal Inspection Service was involved. The calls to the Times agency were not immediately returned.

Messages from the Times to school district officials were also not immediately returned.

The California Attorney General’s press office detailed the statement Sunday, only to say that “school districts and local law enforcement will provide further information to parents regarding the instrument collection process.”

The investigation was disclosed by the Orange County Register on Saturday, which reported that the instructor, representing an organization called Flutes Across the World, has worked with students in at least four school districts.

The group’s website was deactivated on Sunday. An archived version of the group’s website describes it as a tax-exempt organization based in Ojai, California. It shows photos of children holding brightly colored flutes and describes the group’s activities such as educational and school programs, national and international music missions, community and family nights, and summer camps and festivals. A solicitation says that every $ 10 donated buys 30 mouthpieces for an entire class. A message left at the phone number on the site was not immediately returned.

The registry said the Fountain Valley School District and the Unified Districts of Newport-Mesa and Capistrano also sent messages to parents. But no notice was evident on either district’s website on Sunday.

The survey sparked a wave of comments on the Santa Clarita Community Facebook page.

“My daughter competed at North Park Elementary last year!” wrote Erica Pena Socarras. ” It’s annoying ! “

“My daughter took this class! Michael Smith posted. “The district must have the children tested immediately !!!”

Saugus and Fullerton Districts noted in their posts that the student sessions were all supervised by district staff.

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