HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA) –Michael Jackson’s name appears on an auditorium at Gardner Street Elementary in Hollywood — the late entertainer attended the school briefly when he was a boy.

It’s the allegations made against the adult Jackson that are causing people to wonder if his name should still be on the building.

In a recent HBO documentary — “Leaving Neverland,” two men accuse him of sexually molesting them — repeatedly — as children.

As KCAL9’s Amy Johnson reports, there are people who wonder if the singer’s name should be associated with a school, let alone an elementary school.

“I don’t think the name should stay — in my personal opinion,” says parent Sherry Romito.

All parents — and anyone who works at the school — are being asked to give their opinion and vote on the name of the school auditorium.

“I actually agree with the fact they should take the name off of the auditorium,” says Chasity Hampton.

Two meetings were held and now ballots are being handed out.

“We’ve both voted to take it down just because we think the stigma there, with that name is a greater offense to our children’s upbringing  than it is to continue to celebrate him as an artist,” said Owen Williams.

It wouldn’t be the first time Jackson’s name has been removed — or at least covered like in 2003 when he was charged after a boy accused him of sexual abuse.

Jackson was found not guilty. His name was later uncovered after his death.

Many — including those that live near the school — say the name should come down after they watched the documentary.

“For me it changed my opinion,” said Williams.

“I saw the documentary. It was disturbing. Just ask yourself. What kind of message are you trying to send these children? Whether he did what they say he did, or didn’t do. That’s not my place to judge,” said neighbor Argisht Karapetvan. “But you have to send the message out that that’s not right.”

The attorney for Jackson’s estate — Howard Weizman — said in part:

“It would be a terrible shame to remove Michael’s name from the auditorium based on an intentionally one-sided film. Michael Jackson is not guilty and he, like all citizens, is entitled to the presumption of innocence,” Weitz said.

Johnson was not able to find anyone who wants the name to stay on the building. Some say it had nothing to do with the documentary — only about security and fans coming to see the school.

The voting will continue Thursday.

Comments (2)
  1. We should all be concerned about ALL child abuse. In 2003 this school chose to teach children you are guilty until proven innocent IMO, by boarding MJ’s name up then. The US guarantees the accused the right to defend themselves before being found guilty. MJ is dead now and can’t defend himself. Wade had continued to defend MJ and wanted a job emulating him in 2013 and only filed this case when the estate hired Jamie King instead. Wade was asked in court when he was 22 years old if MJ touched his private parts of his body and he said NO. He was asked if MJ had sexual relations with MJ and Wade said no. Wade was Not a child then, and the questioning went on for over an hour. The prosecution tried very hard to get Wade to break down and he never looked or acted anxious or nervous. Wade continued to tell the media the same thing for years. James signed statements MJ did not touch him. Wade and James want 1.5 billion dollars and their civil case is on appeal. They are looking for money and most likely hope this interview will sway the appellate judge. Michael is being lynched by these parents and the school system without a fair hearing. Leaving Neverland Dan Reed made sure no one who could defend Michael was part of that show. It is totally one-sided. We should not teach children that Lynch Mobs are the way to try people. MJ is dead and can’t defend himself, but he was vindicated in 2005 and this school still left the boards over his name knowing that. They removed them in Oct 2010. The estate has sued HBO for a non-disparagement clause and that is still waiting to be heard.

  2. Amber Bee says:

    And I would call this school racist. This man had a trial and people accusing him defended him for over 20 years and now want a way to make money and clearly caught in alot of lies. if Mike was alive, these guys would not be doing this. So now we are going back to days of the Salem witch. What about McCarthyism? This is dangerous.

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