JOHN ZERETZKE'S YOU TUBE CHANNEL:
The flutes were reportedly distributed to kids in different grades by a male music teacher who visited the schools, but was not employed by the school districts, according to The Washington Post. In a statement on its website, the Saugus Union School District detailed exactly what happened:
The individual provided several different assemblies and workshops to many of our schools. At this time, law enforcement is working on workshops where students made "flutes" out of PVC pipe with a specific individual
Messages seeking comment from John Zeretzke, founder of Flutes Across the World, were not immediately returned Saturday night.
Parents in some districts were urged to put the flutes in paper bags and turn them in to authorities for testing.
KNBC-TV reported that a parent identified only as Nate went to the police station in Fountain Valley on Friday night to turn in a flute given to his child, who attends Courreges Elementary School.
"It's disgusting, it's unreal, you can't even really fathom it," another parent, who wished to not be named, told the station. "It made me sick to my stomach."
Flutes Across the World has provided musical presentations at several local school districts. The Fullerton School District said fourth- through sixth-graders at two schools had the program in the 2016-2017 school year.
Presenters at such programs "are never alone with children" but the performer won't return to the district out of "an abundance of caution," the district said on its website.
The district said the music program was sponsored by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County.
“Some of the most renowned flute players are coming up from Los Angeles.”
...“We’re hearing stories of kids in other parts of the world who never forget their American friend who reached out to them,” Zeretzke says.
“Programs such as these show who we are as Americans,” Zeretzke adds. “It’s giving from the heart.”