Ways to get information about your child’s favorite hangout

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The Continental Ballroom in Birmingham is still planning to have a party on April 18, despite a shooting this past weekend.

The shooting wasn’t the first problem at the event hall.

Social media has been the primary way word has spread about the party.

The advertisement says it’ll be a glow in the dark “twerk out” contest.

“I think any parent, anyone would be concerned about that,” said Councilwoman Sheila Tyson. “That’s something we don’t need. I was made aware of the Facebook page.”

A similar advertisement played up the party that led to a teenager getting shot over the weekend.

However, there are some things parents might find useful, like ratings and reviews from other parents.

Information may be even closer than some people think.

The BBB offers a 24-hour hotline that allows people to get a review on a facility. The only thing needed is the phone number.

There’s also a lot of information at local police departments. Many incident reports are actually public information.

CBS42 was able to get ahold of three reports from the Continental Ballroom.

The only issue, though, is the reports cannot include an ongoing investigation or include a victim.

The ballroom hasn’t just caused problems; the Homewood Police Department says they have to use manpower to monitor the surrounding areas for hours at a time because of the club’s proximity to the city.

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