What Is Going On Behind Closed Doors At The After Dark Teen Club?

Fred Hussein has owned Canton Coney Island for 18 years or so. Just on that statement alone, one would think he is a pretty decent fella. Small business owner. Employs Americans. Feeds the people. Probably a hard working guy.

Canton Coney Island is located on Lilley Road, just South of Joy in the Golden Gate shopping center. Mr. Hussein's Coney Island is also located a few doors down from where a 16 year old boy was shot late Saturday night, or early Sunday morning, give or take a few minutes.

This young man was shot outside of the After Dark Teen Club, during a Twerking Party hosted by the aforementioned club. So what does this have to do with poor Freddy? Freddy Hussein manages the After Dark Teen Club.

Heck, his daughters even work the front door. That is as close as he will allow them get to the interior of the place though. I am told that he forbids them to be inside. A religious thing. They can work there, they can collect the money from your kids that go in there, but they are forbidden to see what goes on inside.

I've learned a lot about Fred Hussein today. More than I care to know, truth be told.

I know that Mr. Hussein opened this place in October of 2013. I know that he was interviewed by Patch back then, and here is what he said back in October.

He said that he had an idea for this place a few weeks ago. He said that he is booking private parties for teens out of a banquet room that he manages at the Golden Gate shopping center. His first event was an after-Homecoming party in October.  Mr. Hussein also manages the Golden Gate Banquet Hall right next door to the After Dark Teen Club.  He is a busy guy.

Mr. Hussein went on to say, “ This is a nicer place, why keep it closed? I want to make it safe, clean and utilize it for the community.”

He went on to tell Patch that he plans to dedicate Saturday nights for teen parties such as birthdays, and graduations, and already has a sweet 16 party planned for next week.

He went on to say, “I've been talking to teenagers-they work for me at the Coney Island - and they've been going to Walled lake,” he said. “That area is a little bit rough. So many parents don't want to send their kids that far- a 30-45 minute drive.”

Hussein went on to say that he had hired 5 professional security people at the party and will organize the parking lot.

Okay, it all sounds good right? Birthday parties, sweet sixteen parties, graduation parties. I'm kind of wondering why you would need 5 professional security guards for a sweet 16 party? Or a graduation part? Aren't adults present at these events?

I'll tell you why Fred Hussein needs this security. He isn't having all sweet 16 parties, and birthday parties and such. Wanna know what his Christmas party was called? His Christmas party for these teenagers he so wants to protect? It was billed as The Naughty or Nice Christmas Party. $10 for boys and $5 for the girls. Why the difference in price? I'd really like to know that.

Actually, I already know why it's $10 for boys, and $5 for girls. That's what's best for business! The cheaper it is for girls, the more girls you attract. The more girls you have Twerking on the dance floor, the more boys will come at $10 per head. This is a disgusting way to run a business. This is disgusting in every sense of the word. Using young girls to lure in the guys at ten bucks a head.

How dare this guy use 13 year old girls to attract 19 year old boys. Seriously, that is what he has done. He actually may have older men in the place. Right on the front page of his website it says in bold letters: No ID Required If You Look Under 19

So who the heck knows how old anybody is in the place? Do you want your 13 or 14 year old daughter Twerking for 18 and 19 year old men? Maybe even older men? Most don't dance in this place, they grind. They grind, and nobody knows how old anybody is.

Let's go back to the “professional security” people. I've looked at the YouTube videos, and I've seen these “professional security” people. They look and dress like they are bouncers at a biker bar in Detroit. I have an unnamed source that tells me that they are former bouncers. That wasn't any great revelation to me after I saw them in a video.

Where were these “professional security” people when the shooting went down? The After Dark website clearly states that “Our Security staff is on duty inside and outside the club the entire night.” Where were they Saturday night?

Why do they even need these “professional security” people anyway? This is Canton Township for gosh sakes? I've never met a kid in Canton that I was even remotely afraid of. There isn't much crime to speak of in Canton, most certainly not violent crime.

These are not all Canton kids. Or Plymouth kids. Not even close. I have been told that the majority of the kids that come to this place are from other areas. From Ypsilanti, Belleville, Ann Arbor, and Detroit. I understand that I am entering a sensitive area here, but the story needs to be told, and I am told that upwards of 70% of the kids that attend these Hip Hop dance parties are from communities that have a much higher crime rate. There is no other nice way to put it. If it wasn't so, why the need for all the bouncers?

I don't know where the shooter was from.  He could have been from the Plymouth/Canton area, or any of the other communities I mentioned.  I don't know where the victim was from either.  They both could have been from Canton for all I know.  I don't know who started the altercation.  All that I do know, is that kids are flocking to this place from all over the place.  This is not a local hangout for local teens. 

Now we are going to finish this thing with a very disturbing review of some of the items on the Parent Info section of After Dark's website:

After Dark Teen Club is managed by adult professionals. (Who are these professionals, and what are their credentials?)

Parents are welcome to come inside and take a tour of the club before opening hours. (They italicized the word before. That implies that they want parents gone by opening. They re-enforce that point later)

Your child's safety is our number one concern, for that reason, pat downs/searches are conducted to make sure no dangerous or illegal objects are brought into our environment. (How do you pat down even 500 kids in an area so small when they all show up at around 8:00 PM It is logistically impossible. Not only that, but who is patting down the girls? The bouncers? I saw no female security in the videos that I watched)

To keep a fun and relaxed environment, parents are encouraged not to remain inside the building during hours of operation. (Again, parents are encouraged to leave once the doors open. If Grandma wants to attend her Granddaughter’s sweet 16 party, she's out of luck. No parents wanted. This disturbs me more than anything else I have seen. Why do they not want the parents around? What are they trying to hide? I know the kids don't want parents around, but who does Mr. Hussein think he is, to make such a bold request?)

There is one last disturbing thing that I saw, and this is probably just as scary as the unwanted parent thing. In the About Us section of the website, if you scroll all the way to the bottom, it states: After Dark Teen Club reserves the right to take photos and shoot videos of all patrons that enters After Dark Teen Club. Pictures and videos are used for promotional purposes. If you feel a picture should be removed, please feel free to contact us.

So by stating that, you can rest assured that there are “professional adults” taking pictures and videos of your children. You don't know what is on the video. You don't know who they may distribute those pictures or videos to. You don't know who takes them, records them, or possesses them. Do you want a stranger taking pictures and videos of your 13 or 14 year old daughter dancing? Well?

There is more to this story, but for now, here is the bottom line. Mr. Fred Hussein opened this Club, claiming that he wanted a clean, safe place for teenagers. He promised us sweet 16 parties, but instead, he gave us Twerking Parties and “Naughty Or Nice” Christmas parties. And as for safe? It took 4 months. It took 4 lousy months before the first child was shot.

Thank God that boy wasn't killed...

After Dark Teen Club Website 

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Kyle richardson February 10, 2014 at 05:03 PM
You parents obviously have no idea what goes on at high school dances do you? And the writer should do some research before making sensationalist claims. Canton has hardly any crime? In 2011 it had more rapes and arson events than ypsi and Belleville combined. 32 robberies, 79 assaults and 1094 thefts? Sounds like pleasantville to me. The shooting occurred in the parking lot. How far away from the club is security supposed to go? If I get shot in a stores parking lot, is it the stores fault? Grow up people
Don Conger February 10, 2014 at 05:24 PM
The shooting that took place where not from the patrons of the night club? Kyle, why are you justifying this incident?
Kyle richardson February 10, 2014 at 05:31 PM
The incident is deplorable but not, in any way, the fault of the owner.
Bob Doroshewitz February 10, 2014 at 07:09 PM
I looked at the website myself and must say I was shocked by what I saw, especially as the father of a pre-teen girl. Mixing 14 to 16 year olds or 17 to 19 year olds is one thing, a club that asks parents to stay out and mixes 14 or 15 year old girls with 18 or 19 year old men is a very bad thing waiting to happen. The website goes on to say that you will be removed from the club for having drugs, alcohol or weapons. They aren't going to call the cops, only remove you from the club.
Dan February 10, 2014 at 09:12 PM
Who lets their 13 year old go to a club? I have a 14 year old daughter and I hate letting her even go to a guy friends house (even though I do). There used to be a Teenage club called Center Stage located in canton when I was a lad. I can remember several shoot outs and at least one fight a night. If you live in Canton please be advised that canton is the new Westland and Westland is the new Inkster. get out while you still can!
Jaime Martinez Howey February 11, 2014 at 08:23 AM
Canton is in Wayne county......just saying
Genevieve Aleta Taylor-Peters February 11, 2014 at 11:03 AM
Okay some of you are so closed-minded it's effing absurd. Wake up people, do your research and stop being sheep. Stop FOLLOWING and BELIEVING everything you read or see in the media. I read the website and they do require identification, I didn't see anything saying "if you look 19 no id". And coming from someone who used to hang out at the teen club in walled lake, they were strict, I've been there a few times when police were called for fights and what have you. And pretty much ANY place you walk into takes photos or video, gas stations, banks, clubs, stores...they do it for security reasons and the website claims promotional reasons...do you know how many clubs in Detroit do the same thing! All this article is doing is instilling fear in people without actually knowing anything. And basing an opinion off of a website with no interviews and no real evidence.
Jerry Thompson February 11, 2014 at 11:24 AM
Thanks Genevieve. A voice of reason among the rabid.
Robert February 11, 2014 at 12:36 PM
So according to Jerry Thompson the very act of reporting black on white crime is racism. Interesting perspectives and an incredibly racist position in itself.
Jerry Thompson February 11, 2014 at 12:51 PM
Robert. Please take your meds. I said no such thing. You've got yourself all worked up with what you fantasized I have said and all the other fantasies voiced in this article and the commenters. I'm sure the writer was referring to white hillbillies from Ypsitucky that are threatening 13 year old white Canton girls and infamous white Belleville Bulgarian-Americans marauding 3 miles into Canton from their town line.
Robert February 11, 2014 at 01:02 PM
Wow Jerry so I guess everyone else has it wrong, and you of course are correct? A bit narcissistic wouldn't you say. And why are the other posters not allowed to comment on a very poor decision made by a business owner. It's our community, we can comment as we choose. By the way you are very accusatory about supposed meds. Although I myself do not buy into the over prescriptive culture we have I understand your need for lithium.
Jerry Thompson February 11, 2014 at 04:27 PM
Wow Bob - I'm rubber, you're glue! Yes - comment all you want. Embarrass yourself by all means. But don't get snippy when someone points out that you have no factual basis for getting your panties in a twist, whipping yourself into a teenage frenzy and making false accusations. You can have your own opinion - but not your own facts. This is America. 2+2≠5!
Mary Wilkerson February 11, 2014 at 04:46 PM
Mary Wilkerson February 11, 2014 at 04:47 PM
The author has never met a Canton kid who he was remotely afraid of? Lemme tell you, I was a Canton kid, and I worked with Canton kids for 10 years...and I have met PLENTY of Canton Kids I have been afraid of. The author is concerned, 'the majority of kids that come to this place are from other areas'!!! You know, SCARY places, like Ypsilanti, Belleville, Ann Arbor and, thank God he had the guts to say it... DETROIT! Can you imagine, these scary kids, from other cities, creeping on such a sacred city as Canton, Michigan? The SHOCK! the HORROR! Then, THEN, he has the audacity to say, '70 % of the kids that attend these hip hop dance parities are from communities that have a much higher crime rate'. And right there, without exception, I was clear on what he meant. Where the hizz would he get a number like 70%? The reality is, he couldn't possibly know that. Not looking too far beneath the lines, it's obvious what he meant was 'kids that are poorer than our well to do, well behaved, CANTON kids'. And I don't think it's too far of a stretch to say, what he meant was black kids. If you know me, you know that I try very very hard not to cry, 'racism'. I think it's a term that is used far too often to describe things that might have nothing to do with race. However, it's hard not to throw out that word right now. You know, I am blessed to be married to a pretty exceptional guy, who makes a really good living. When we were getting married, our options were wide open as to where we would live. Where we would raise our family. And one thing I said, with certainty, is that I did not want to raise our little mixed family in the Plymouth/Canton Community. My reasons were intentional and specific. My reasons were once again affirmed in this article, the editors who allowed it, and the people who commented with statements of support. We chose Redford for very intentional and specific reasons as well. And some of those reasons, as time went on, I realize were 'idealistic'. Now that we live here, I do worry about the school system. I do worry about my kids being exposed to a 'rougher' (for lack of better word) crowd. I worry about the friends they will choose, and the things they might be exposed to. But here's the thing, all of those concerns didn't measure up against my concerns with raising our children in communities like Plymouth/Canton. As I read the article, I realized the author, Mr. Brian Bentley was referring to MY KIDS. Mr. Bentley wouldn't want my kids, 1/2 black 1/2 white, creeping up on his safe and protected Canton, Michigan. Mr. Bentley wouldn't want kids from 'other areas', with higher crime rates to infect the good/sweet children of Canton, Michigan. And Mr. Bentley should be ashamed of himself. He didn't say the club attracts thugs (which it does- from EVERY city), he didn't say we have to help kids make good decisions, what he said was kids like MY KIDS should stay away. And, I gotta say, in 2014- I am disgusted that Mr. Bentley feels that way.
Diane Darish February 11, 2014 at 06:40 PM
I think the article speaks the truth that so many are afraid to sdmit. Anyone who disagrees with this are probably the parents of the twerking 13 year olds.
Mark Oppat February 11, 2014 at 07:08 PM
this is NOT the type of reporting that should be in the Patch, its a hatchet job by some nitwit. If there are real issues, those can be stated but everything in this is hearsay. For example: "Heck, his daughters even work the front door. That is as close as he will allow them get to the interior of the place though. I am told that he forbids them to be inside." YES THAT BECAUSE ITS THEIR JOB TO BE AT THE DOOR you idiot ! Bryan Bentley continues on..."So by stating that, you can rest assured that there are “professional adults” taking pictures and videos of your children. You don't know what is on the video. You don't know who they may distribute those pictures or videos to. You don't know who takes them, records them, or possesses them. Do you want a stranger taking pictures and videos of your 13 or 14 year old daughter dancing? Well? " OK when you go downtown Plymouth there are now security cameras in many places. WHO is watching you? Why should anyone care? The Teen Club website says "Pictures and videos are used for promotional purposes. If you feel a picture should be removed, please feel free to contact us." What else do you want? NOW, maybe there are issues that a parent should be concerned about... but from this report you cant tell what they might be because its all hysterical conjecture. This kind of report has no place on the Patch where I thought I could get reliable news. Like Fox News says "We report, you decide"... eh, yeah but when the reporting is BAD, the decisions will be BAD too.
Jennifer Moore February 11, 2014 at 08:45 PM
I first have to restate that the owner's decision to have a teen club for 13-19 year old, thus mixing minors and legal adults, is very poor judgment. I would expect better from a father with daughters. A Twerky party is further sexualizing the matter, along with the Naughty or Nice theme. Poor judgment all the way around. We don't need that sort of entertainment. I hope it is closed down, and I will not be returning to his other business until this one changes. That said, this article, is offensive, in content, in tone, and in generalizations. It is one thing (though ignorant) for comments to have these comments, but the writer. WHERE ARE PATCH EDITORS? I think an attorney should review this, because this is pretty inflammatory. If not lawsuit "his culture" what culture would that be? People from "gasp" not Canton? What sort of people do you mean? This article stinks of racism..... That said, this place is not what our community needs, but neither do we need this type of writing.
ThatCantonKid February 11, 2014 at 08:54 PM
My dad would never let me step foot in a building like this. I go to school with Freddy's daughter and people are always talking about After Dark. It pisses me off how people can allow there children to go twerk for some adults. Classy Huh? And to me Freddy is going to screw his business at Coney Island over real quick if he cant get his crap together. I hope Charlie Laduff reports this.
Jennifer Grzymala February 11, 2014 at 10:25 PM
As I stated before mixing 13-19 year olds is asking for trouble from the start. But I do disagree about blaming things on kids from different communities. Violence and drugs are happening in every community and canton is not exempt. The cinnamon challenge, marijuana brownied happened in our community. Violence happens in our community. Parents and care givers need to be more aware of what their child is doing. Drugs are taking over children's lives in every community. It doesn't matter what color you are or where u r living it is a problem in our society that people tend to turn their heads. All of us adults need to pull together and help raise these kids to become fine young adults . It takes a village to raise a child and this village needs to pull together and help the children of our future no matter where they live or what skin color they have.
Bryan Bentley (Editor) February 11, 2014 at 11:24 PM
Mr. Hussein, you and I both know that you did not decide to shut your club down. You and I both know that it was 10 ordinance violations, and multiple misdemeanors, and civil infractions that shut your club down. You and I both know who my two sources for this blog were, and we both know that one of them was in the club to see everything that went on inside. You also know that some of what went on, never made this blog. You and I both know that I called you, and that you hung up on me when the questions got tough. Finally Mr. Hussein, you and I both know what has gone on in your Coney Island. If I were you, I would tread very lightly, as the eyes of the law are now squarely trained upon you. You are a shameful man...
elaine February 12, 2014 at 06:09 AM
Isn't this a blog...not a "news article"? and it does say right on the website "No ID required if you look under 19" home page, top left corner. You shouldn't need a news article or a blog (although I appreciate it as a parent) to look at that website and know what he is doing is wrong.
Robert February 12, 2014 at 07:41 AM
Hey Fred, cooperating with the police department interpretation; you violate the law, they shut you down. Pretty simple.
Robert February 12, 2014 at 07:47 AM
I grew up in Plymouth, and remember when both Plymouth and Canton were sleepy, quiet towns where you could feel safe and let your kids run free. There is absolutely no question as outsiders started moving in the crime has grown substantially. So all you do good-doers who want to call everyone who doesn't agree with them a racist, explain to me why 90% percent of the reported crime in this community is ultimately due to persons coming from outside communities? You just don't like the truth.
Paulette February 12, 2014 at 12:08 PM
I also grew up in Canton. The problem to be focusing on shouldn't be racism from the author, it should just strickly be on this teen night club. There are "bad kids" in every city. However, there are not that many teen night clubs around (South Lyon had one and had to close), so when one pops up, kids from all over come it. I totally disagree with having a twerking party, or a naughty or nice party for teens. And making boys pay more than girls is what 21 and over clubs do. Trying to fill your teen club with more girls for the boys to oggle and dirty dance with is so wrong. However, even if what the club owner was offering these teens was on the up-and-up, you will still get trouble. Why? Teenagers are not mature enough to handle a night club atmosphere. Does anyone remember Club Ferrari in Canton, back in the late 80's? I do...I used to go there. It started out fine, but yes kids from other cities that showed up, and local kids didn't like that, and eventually riots started happening. Guess what, the place had to close. I was surprised when I heard the city was going to try another teen club, but hopefully this one will also close it's doors soon, and we will have one less place for trouble to occur.
Jerry Thompson February 12, 2014 at 01:31 PM
Patch should be shut down before the teen club. It's a gossip rag that plays on people's fears in the worst way a la Fox News. This innuendo and here say is a cancer on a community with no professional writers with standards in charge. As far as the club goes, I grew up in Plymouth and have lived and worked in this area all my 62 years. Plymouth has always feared its children and what they might do if given a place in the light to congregate. One person here commented in the "sleepy town" Plymouth used to be. Will this USED TO BE bullsit ever die? Kids ran free all right. They always do. It's their basic human nature unless you do lobotomies like they did in the 50's. When I was a kid the high school was all white, mostly middle class and I was pretty much a nerd. No teen clubs were available. But I attended parties in private homes, as did everyone, where drugs, booze, assaults , rape was a norm. When parents weren't at home we grabbed the booze, drugs, girls and headed out in cars to race down Napier and Tower Rd at 80 mph drunk out of our gourds and doing stuff in backseats and cornfields that make twerking look like ring around the rosie. One night on Napier going 80 I accidentally hit the door handle and if a girlfriend hadn't grabbed me by the hair and pulled me back inside I'd be dead or in a wheelchair. More dangerous than any club ay Joy and Lilley will ever be. We were not with un-Plymouth types. We were doctor's, lawyer's and professional's kids - Hough Park brats with Daddy's Lincoln. So enough about outsiders threatening the virgin youth of a safe secure upright WASPville. Kids 13-19 are full of new knowledge, tons of energy and megatons of hormones. It's a wonderful time. But if parents pretend otherwise or are too busy or too afraid to imaginatively supply places for youth to spend that time and energy, they will invent. And don't tell me church and other institutional "fun". All the kids I ran with did the Church Fellowship hayrides blah, blah, blah. A few decades ago an old food store on Main near Wing was suggested as a youth club. Perfect if the adults finally were up to ministering to their kids! It was demolished almost immediately. Skateboard Parks by the dozen have been denied. The Cruise caused such a bloody crackdown I was flabbergasted. The parents and town officials have NEVER responsibly addressed the issue of teens needing a place to be teens. No other culture in the world gouges out it's eyes so as to not see like suburban America. I suspect this club's owner had a profit motive, tried to be smart and put safeguards in place. Now a predictable event has occurred. Instead of parents offering help or support they want the guy burned at the stake. How many times do they have to remake and run out for public enlightenment FOOTLOOSE or HAIRSPRAY. It is the very parents who are spending time outraging themselves in this blog that need to think of ways to invent a place for teens to be teens. You are using all your energy attacking this business owner, blaming fictitious outsiders for your problems, and brainwashing yourself into imagining a calm, hormone-free, youth-anized place for your kids that never was or will be. Wake up! You are the ones putting your kids at risk, not the bogie man.
Anita DePentu February 12, 2014 at 02:04 PM
Why are 13 year old kids out at 1 AM? Where are the parents and family life?
Jerry Thompson February 12, 2014 at 03:50 PM
OK. Everyone who has actually seen a 13 yr old out at 1am at the club. Raise your hand ....................................... That's what I thought. If there was one perchance, it could be that her Nanny simply stalled the Land Rover and so time slipped past her midnight curfew. I'm sure most Nanny's are dispatched from the estates on time though even if mummy and daddy are detained at the Governor's Ball. This isn't Cantown Abbey you know.
Robert February 12, 2014 at 04:37 PM
Actually Jerry it was my Daddy’s Cadillac, not Lincoln. You sound like you were an untamed kid. Not sure I want to take advice from you. Your comment “You are the ones putting your kids at risk, not the bogie man” just shows how short sighted you are. The world is an evil place, full of bad people and it’s getting worse. Your vision of the world a beautiful rainbow is a fantasy in your own mind. Mine is reality and I’ll never apologize for doing all I can to protect my kids.
Robert February 12, 2014 at 05:13 PM
I dont remember Club Ferrari, but I do remeber Shadowfax up by Walled lake in Novi. What a great dance club!
Jerry Thompson February 12, 2014 at 08:12 PM
Robert, "untamed" ... Really? True, I had no 50's lobotomy, and I wasn't drugged like many kids today. Just the fact that you use "tame", a term reserved for domesticated animals makes me fear for your children. And the world is "an evil place" Robert? Again - really? All this "untamed" and not to be trusted guy has to say to that is "Fear is not of God". And with lack of faith and sowing of fear and discord you display ironically will put your children at risk more than you are obviously prepared to know. I taught for 32 years and worked with a lot of at risk kids. Talking with a large number of them on Facebook today makes me quite sure of my view over your assessment of "evil world" and "bad people". I challenged them to look around and notice they were living in a most exciting time and tried to make them fall in live with the future, not fear it. I taught them solid skills and assured them that once they found their calling, nothing could stop them if they applied those skills. Their overwhelming success Robert is the real world. Your predisposition to seeing evil is the fantasy.


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