September 4, 2009

Nightclub an unlikely school neighbor

A mother in Raleigh, N.C., says she is concerned her daughter's middle school is now neighbors with the Ugly Monkey Party Bar.

Nancy Locklin, whose daughter attends Exploris Middle School, said she is particularly concerned the downtown club's name may draw the attention of students at the charter school, The (Raleigh) News & Observer reported Friday.

I don't think my daughter would pay attention to a bar usually, but when it has a name on there that says party it's just kind of interesting, she said. I'd hate for them to wish that they were old enough to go.

Principal Kevin Piacenza said the school's new location is the result of an attempt to keep the site downtown where there is a shortage of available space. The school relocated when it lost its former home in a property ownership merger.

The News & Observer said one point that may calm parents' concerns with the Ugly Monkey is that the nightclub is not open during school hours.