Police reports show that an inordinate amount of violence occurs in and around "go-go" dance halls. This violence has prompted many District residents, led by D.C. City Council member Frank Smith (D-Ward 1), to proposed a bill that would require minors to leave public dance halls by 11:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, and by 1 a.m. on weekends unless accompanied by an adult. Violation of the law would result in a revocation of the hall's occupancy permit.

The bill has been brought before the city council and is expected to go through a round of public hearings in the fall.

Proponents of the bill argue that minors should be doing something more constructive than "dancing the night away." Opponents contend that closing the halls earlier will only force youths into the street, causing more violence than ever.

What do you think about the bill?

I disagree with the bill because it is not justified.

The people who usually go to the dance halls are teenagers. They go there to meet other other teens and be with their friends. It is better for teenagers to be at an organized hall than home watching the "idiot box." Dances are activities that encourage teens to socialize. All should not be punished for what some do.

The bill itself takes away the "right of assembly." It also takes the parental role unto itself. It is for the parents, not the committee, to decide where the children will go. Teenagers, themselves, do have a sense of responsibility and they know right from wrong. Furthermore, it is impractical for club managers to pick out minors and put them out of halls at 11:30 p.m.

In order to lower the number of problems that the proposed bill attempts to resolve, teenagers will have to be given something more constructive to do that appeals to their taste. NICOLE VAUGHAN All Saints

I agree with the proposal. Minors do not need to stay out nightly without a reasonable hour of returning home.

How much recreation is needed from Monday through Thursday? It is time for minors to wise up and realize that they are safer in the comfort of their own homes that amidst three hundred strangers. If minors stay out all night, how will they get proper rest? In my opinion, all students should be home during the school week instead of at the go-go.

Let's focus on number one -- getting the high school diploma. It is important for all students to attend school regularly and promptly. When students stay out late during the week, it is hard for them to attend school on time because they are too tired to get up in the morning.

I say enough! We have always needed and will always need activities that are more constructive and more conducive for learning. Let's start producing something other than a new rap with matching dance steps. Let's start producing students who move to the beat of good grades, good attendance and good study habits. RENEE ALLEN Dunbar

When I first heard that there was a bill proposing that minors should leave the go-go scene earlier than usual, I thought to myself, "Here we go again with grown-ups trying to spoil their children's enjoyment."

But after experiencing the violence and the outrage that goes on after and during the go-go, I agree one hundred percent with the bill.

I do not understand why young people actually remain at the go-go until all hours of the night in the first place, And in no way should parents allow a minor child to attend a go-go from Monday through Thursday. If the go-go were to close earlier, the minors would have no other alternative but to leave earlier.

School work should be our first priority, not dancing the night away. KEMAIYE COOK Woodrow Wilson

Mr. Frank Smith's proposal is a good idea in theory, but not in practise. One of the reasons I am against this proposal is that even though high school students could find more constructive ways to spend their time, restricting their use {of dance halls} does not insure that these students will devote their time to more constructive activities such as school-related work.

It is the students' and their parents' responsibility to decide how their time should be used, not the city's. Furthermore, if the high school students really want to have a good time and stay out all night, a law like this one will surely not suppress this desire. CHRISTOPHER C. LYONS Woodrow Wilson

Obviously, Frank Smith (D-Ward 1) has some opposition to his recently proposed bill, not only from those individuals 17-years old and younger, but also non-go-goers and political groups alike, and of the latter, especially the D.C. Chapter of the Young Democrats. Mr. Smith's method of supporting this bill portrays an attitude that seems to be laced with arrogance. I myself experienced this arrogance when, on one occasion, I approached Mr. Smith to gain a better insight into his viewpoint. He asked my age and upon my answer of 17, he then told me that I have only one more year, so I need not worry about it. I thanked Mr. Smith for informing me of what I already knew.

Teenagers have an exorbitant amount of energy. Why not let them release that energy on the dance floor instead of leaving them bored or at loose ends when in fact there is nothing more constructive to do at 1 a.m. on a Saturday night? Sometimes when teenagers are left to their imagination, trouble or unforeseen circumstances may arise. What is wrong with dancing the night away when there is nothing else to do? ANGELINA KENNEDY Banneker

I am in agreement with the city in trying to pass a bill to curb the hours of a minor's access to a go-go hall.

Most minors attend go-go halls for an escape from the usually demanding situations in every-day life. In the same way that drugs can be used to help people in certain situations, the socializing that usually takes place in go-gos can be helpful. But just as some people abuse drugs, so some people abuse the idea of going to go-go halls.

Youngsters hang around until "ungodly" hours and when it gets so that they hardly find time for the more constructive things in life, the city has an obligation to step in and do all it can to help them.

Passing this law would also be like killing three birds with one stone, since it will put more parents at ease and make living conditions more suitable for neighbors living around these halls.

I think it was Solomon who said "A time for work and a time for play," so when the youth of this country will not take the time out to work, the city has to do what it can to find the time for them. Limiting their play hours will certainly help. PATRICK CAMPBELL Coolidge

I think the bill is good and bad. I agree that minors should be doing something more constructive. I also agree that a lot of violence occurs in and around dance halls but I still think it is up to the parents to decide whether they want their child out at 1 o'clock in the morning.

I disagree with the way D.C. Council member Smith is handling this situation. I think the way to keep this problem from happening is to get more security and make stricter rules upon entering the dance halls instead of depriving minors of their right to stay longer. Many teenagers are against the bill for that reason. But I know Mr. Smith is only trying to stop crime and protect us. MICHELLE ROBINSON Duke Ellington

I am against the arbitrary imposition of curfews on minors who attend go-gos in Washington. I think that unsupervised minors who stay out late would be better off in the dance halls than on the street where they would be more vulnerable to drug pushers, street crimes and illegal gang activities. Also, if minors who stay out late didn't have something to do at these hours, the percentage of crimes committed by minors would probably increase with the formation of street gangs similar to ones like the "Eighth and H Crew."

What the issue comes down to is whether minors' right of assembly is being violated by inflicting curfews, or whether the rights if the residents living around the go-go dance halls are being infringed upon by noise, drug-trafficing and violence.

It will be difficult to draft a bill that will satisfy minors, go-go owners and residents, but I think the bill should be modified to take into consideration all the viewpoints. BRYAN YOUNG School Without Walls

I'm against the proposed "curfew bill" because I think the government should not have to play parent. If parents would pay more attention to their children, setting a time limit for them to come home, there would be no need for a bill such as this.

On the other hand, I could say I'm for this bill. I do think teenagers and younger children should be home during the week, doing such things as homework or preparing for the next day's work in school. I also could say I'm for the bill because it gives authorities some means of enforcing the law.

Again, I say "yes and no." Homework should be the first priority during school days, but the government should not have to be parent-sitters. TAUNYA FERGUSON Roosevelt

I approve of the proposed curfew bill and think it should be adopted and enforced.

Statistics indicate that most violent crimes occur during the late hours, so it would be a risk for minors to be out late where they could be subjected to possible danger. Late hours also tend to interfere with study hours, contributing to the neglect of school work and poor grades.

The time spent during "dance hours" could be better spent in school-related activities. Playing a sport is a more positive activity than wasting time dancing the night away.

It is a known fact that some people who frequent dance halls use drugs and may influence teenagers. The heavy users tend to "crawl out" in the late hours.

I therefore strongly urge adoption of the proposed bill. Certainly parents, teachers and other concerned citizens would support it. MICHAEL REESE H.D. Woodson "Speak Out" Topic for October 15:

It has been suggested that students today are more fashion-conscious than students of the past. It is not uncommon for teen-agers to spend hundreds of dollars on clothes, jewelry or other material goods in the effort to be accepted or keep up with the latest styles. Are today's students too materialistic? Who sets the fashion trends? Does fashion-consciousness affect a students academic performance?

Responses should be no more than 150 words in length and typed or written legibly. Political-style cartoons on the topic are welcome and should be drawn on posterboard. All submissions should include the student's name, school and grade.

Responses can be addressed to: Weekly High School Section The Washington Post 1150 15th St. NW Washington, D.C. 20071

Deadline for responses is Monday, October 5.