Charter school to open across from longtime sex shop - WKRN News 2

Charter school to open across from longtime sex shop

Posted: Updated: April 7, 2014 10:56 PM

A new multi-million dollar school is preparing to open its doors in August across the street from a long time sex shop.

The school, Rocketship Charter School, is located on Dickerson Pike, directly across from Jenna's Adult Toy Box.  

According to the school's principal, the land for the new charter school was purchased with the understanding that the sex shop was there and that Dickerson Pike is an extremely busy roadway.

"Our goal is to be a neighborhood school," explained founding Principal Adam Nadeau. "We chose to put the school there for a reason. The kids and families need another choice for where they send their kids to school. We did think this through."

Nadeau told News 2 the school was specifically designed so that both the sex shop and Dickerson Road are on the back side of the building.

"[The school] is not facing Dickerson Pike. I don't know if they should or should not be concerned, but the fact is stores and activity on Dickerson Pike is happening whether we are there or not," he explained.

Nadeau continued, "We are 100% focused on student achievement and learning. That's not going to be a distraction for us, it's not just about where we orient our school. It's what we do every single day to keep our kids and our families focused on. It's not a concern for me because it's not a part of the fabric of our school or our community."

News 2 spoke with mother Donna Baskette who said she would not send her children to the charter school.

"I don't think very highly of it," she said. "What goes on there on Dickerson Road, it's not a good environment or a place for young elementary kids to be at. We all know what goes on in the stores. Who's to say that [a] pedophile in there with his magazines and his books doesn't hunt little kids and stuff?  He just keeps watching and there is that one child who just walks home. I definitely think that it's a recipe for disaster."

Officials with Jenna's Adult Toy Box said they do not plan on moving their business and that they plan to be a good neighbor.

Rocketship is currently accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year.

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