Michael Jackson’s Name to Remain on Elementary School Auditorium in Hollywood After Vote

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Michael Jackson Auditorium is seen at Gardner Street Elementary School on April 25, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

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The on-again, off-again relationship between Michael Jackson and Gardner Street Elementary School in Hollywood is still on, although perhaps more tenuously so than at the height of the pop star’s popularity.

Parents and staff members have voted to retain Jackson’s name on the school’s auditorium, school district officials announced Saturday.

The vote took place in the wake of the March broadcast of the documentary “Leaving Neverland,” which aired on HBO and portrays Jackson through the eyes of Wade Robson and James Safechuck, two men who allege Jackson sexually abused them when they were children. Jackson was never charged with molesting either.

The broadcast was deeply unsettling for many at Gardner, and a group of parents told Principal Karen Hollis that they wanted Jackson’s name taken down. There also were parents who felt otherwise, noting that Jackson was never convicted of wrongdoing and cannot defend himself.

Read the full story at LATimes.com.

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