Santa Ana police say another 55 children may have used flutes contaminated with bodily fluids; The United States Postal Inspection Service is investigating

About 55 children who took a music class at the Bowers Museum’s Kidseum this summer may have used homemade flutes contaminated with bodily fluids, Santa Ana police said Monday.

So far, the Santa Ana Police Department has recovered 11 of the homemade recorders.

Several Southern California school districts said in recent days that an unidentified musical artist and independent contractor distributed the homemade flutes; the contractor is under investigation. A Saugus Union school district official in Santa Clarita said he was told the liquid was semen.

It’s unclear how many, if any, flutes made from PVC pipes and a wine cork were contaminated.

At least five school districts have said their students may have used contaminated flutes: Anaheim Elementary, Fullerton and Fountain Valley School Districts, and Newport-Mesa and Capistrano Unified School Districts.

In total, more than 1,400 students from the five districts may have been affected. Students from other Southland districts may also have been affected.

The Fullerton School District released a statement saying the state Department of Justice is investigating an artist from the nonprofit organization Flutes Across the World who is partnering with the school districts of Orange County and Los Angeles as well as the Philharmonic Society of Orange County.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service, a law enforcement agency, is the lead investigator because the case, in a way, involved mail, spokeswoman Stacia Crane said. of the agency. She declined to give further details.

The flute collection is an integral part of the investigation, the California Department of Justice said in a statement Monday.

“We are working with local law enforcement and school districts to collect instruments for the California Department of Justice to process,” the statement said.

The children identified by Santa Ana police attended a music class at Kidseum on June 27 or 28 or July 22, a police statement said. Investigators are trying to contact more parents and recover any recorders students received during class.

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