The semen-contaminated instruments were part of the ‘Flutes Across the World’ program administered in SoCal schools

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For years, hundreds of children in the Fullerton School District have participated in a seemingly heartwarming program called “Flutes Across The World.”

The initiative aims to connect young Southern California students with underprivileged counterparts in the Philippines through a simple series of arts and crafts, according to school district superintendent Robert Pletka.

During class, students learned how to make colorful flutes from PVC pipes, Pletka said. Then they would write personal notes to students halfway around the world that would be folded inside the instruments.

But over the past 10 days, the program – which is believed to have worked with Southern California schools and major national charities – has been embroiled in a farcical scandal that has horrified parents and educators.

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