Parents of students and staff members of Gardner Street Elementary School in Los Angeles, California, voted on Saturday, 27th April 2019 to keep Michael Jackson’s name above the school’s auditorium door, despite the sexual allegations.
The auditorium of the Los Angeles school will remain after Michael Jackson's name, despite sexual allegations made against the pop star in a documentary titled Leaving Neverland.
CAPTION: Michael Jackson at Gardner Street Elementary School
Michael had briefly studied in the school before making his debut single I Want You Back.
The school had then named its auditorium after the King of Pop in 1989.
CAPTION: Michael Jackson at Gardner Street Elementary School Auditorium
After the release of the HBO documentary, Leaving Neverland, many parents had asked the school to take Michael Jackson's name from the school.
The documentary featured Wade Robson (dancer/choreographer) and former child actor James Safechuck.
In the documentary, both Safechuck and Robson accused Michael of sexually abusing them while they were still kids.
Principal Karen Hollis was approached by several parents for the removal of Jackson’s name from the elementary school.
The Los Angeles Unified School District passed a statement, saying,
A majority of those who participated voted to maintain the current name as the Michael Jackson Auditorium,
School leaders, teachers and support staff will focus on preventing any further disruptions to the school and further impact on classroom instruction, student learning, and safety.
According to some local media, Michael Jackson’s estate, argued against such takedown, saying the pop icon was never criminally charged or convicted of such accusations.