SCV School Districts Warn Parents About PVC Flutes Contaminated With Bodily Fluids

Sergio Conner
October 1, 2017

An email from Mark Johnson, superintendent of the Fountain Valley School District, informed parents that an independent contractor gave fifth-grade students at Courreges Elementary School flutes and recorders "that were potentially contaminated with bodily fluids" in June, according to the paper.

Emails went out to parents in both districts warning them that the California Department of Justice was conducting an investigation into an independent contractor who may have provided music education to children in the two districts, and throughout southern California.

KTLA reports that Orange County school officials warned parents Friday that their children may have come into contact with handmade flutes allegedly tainted with bodily fluids from a music teacher.

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The flutes were made of plastic pipes and wine corks, the Register said. CUSD is trying to figure out how many schools are affected there. The California Department of Justice and the United States Postal Service launched an investigation. "With the number of schools in our district, this will take some time and we did not want to delay our communication to parents".

The music teacher under investigation taught this man's son during a music program past year at Courreges Elementary School. It was also unclear whether other classroom materials could have been impacted. All flutes will be part of the investigation.

The school districts are working with local law enforcement to determine how to have the flutes collected as evidence.

"We understand this is deeply upsetting to our families and that you may be seeking more details than we can provide", Burris said.

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