By Howard Blume
A Los Angeles elementary school that briefly counted pop star Michael Jackson as a student before he skyrocketed to fame has voted to keep his name on the auditorium in a decision that generated worldwide interest.
School district officials announced the result Saturday after a vote by parents and staff members at Gardner Street Elementary in Hollywood, where about 400 students are enrolled. A vote tally wasn’t immediately available.
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 abusing either.