Semen-Tainted Instruments Were Part of ‘Flutes Across the World’ Program Administered at Schools Across SoCal

Flutes that may have been contaminated with the bodily fluids of a classroom music educator are seen in a photo released by Capistrano Unified School District officials on Sept. 29, 2017.

Flutes that may have been contaminated with the bodily fluids of a classroom music educator are seen in a photo released by Capistrano Unified School District officials on Sept. 29, 2017.

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

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

During the classes, students were shown how to make colorful flutes out of PVC pipe, Pletka said. Then they would write personal notes to students half a world away that would be folded inside the instruments.

But in the past 10 days, the program — which is said to have collaborated with schools throughout Southern California and large national charity organizations — became ensnared in a grotesque scandal that has left parents and educators horrified.

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