Less than three months after their opening, teen-oriented Club Rave has lost their business license.
The Birmingham City Council voted to revoke the club's license after a series of incidents have taken place around the club. Maxine Parker was the only councilor to vote against the club's closure.
Councilor Valerie Abbott and others took issue with the way the club was being promoted to mostly minors. "Well if I had a teenager, I don't care whether it was male or female, I would not send them to your club to see how many clothes they can take off," Abbot said. "I don't care if you're actually letting them take their clothes off or not."
Catering to ages 14 to 18, the club often saw more than 300 children on Friday and Saturday nights congregating to dance. However, once the club let out, police say the children are often unsupervised, leading to problems once the children are on the street.
Birmingham Police's north precinct officers say the situation gets "completely out of control" with children fighting on top of cars and young gang members using the location to meet up and deal with disputes.
Owner Stephen Jackson said children can't get picked up from the club at night because the road is blocked, which is when altercations happen. Parents, ex-military and off-duty police are on site to provide protection, he said.
On May 31, the conflict culminated with an incident that sparked domestic assault and attempted robbery charges for involved children.
"I came into a bad situation," he said.
He claims the only incident that has occurred inside the club was on opening night.
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