“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.”
Alleged distribution of semen-contaminated flutes to school children spurs investigation
SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 8:28 PM
Multiple Southern California school districts, the state’s Department of Justice and federal officials are investigating a musical performer suspected of distributing flutes contaminated with bodily fluids – said by a school district official to be semen – to elementary school children.
The Fullerton, Saugus, Fountain Valley, Newport-Mesa Unified and Capistrano Unified school districts sent messages to parents alerting them that a performer associated with a nonprofit called Flutes Across the World distributed the instruments, the Orange Country Register reported Saturday.
“The performer distributes a flute-like musical instrument made of PVC pipe or bamboo to students during a music lesson, and the allegation is that he contaminated some of these instruments with semen,” Saugus district Superintendent Joan Lucid said in an email to parents Saturday.
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.