The Teenage Years , Richard Stevick. Hello K — my name is Lev Gorn. He said it was an Amish tradition, and when you turn 16 you have a drinking party. Generally it would be to a Sunday night youth service. Excerpted from Rumspringa by Tom Shachtman.
Unlike Mose, I separated what was biblical from what the elders taught. During parties like this, as the hours wear on, the boys frequently damage property. Hair coverings have been removed, and a few have also let down their hair, uncut since childhood. On that point, at first I felt Jon was just trying to stir the pot, now I think he heard what seemed to him a believable story and is now more likely digging in where it may have been better to walk away or do a little research then return. Then again, I may feel that way that it is not to be failed or passed because in the opinion of most Amish folks, I would have failed that test, but my beliefs are still strong. It takes you through the lives of these teenagers while they experience everything from drugs to driving a vehicle during their Rumspringa. An Amish teenager would be considered lost if they would die or be killed during that time.
Rumspringa: Amish Teens Venture into Modern Vices : NPR
Parents of Rumspringa-age young people vary greatly in the degree to which they try to impose limits. Thus, logically — on a news front, a religious front and on a psychological front, that guy who told you this story, played you, and if he is on this site, he is most likely wetting himself with laughter that you actually believed him. Only tweaking I would do is: Hello K — my name is Lev Gorn. During parties like this, as the hours wear on, the boys frequently damage property. This would make you think there is a lot of pressure on the youths to return to their home and get baptized into the church as soon as possible, yet that is not the case for many.
There are such people in every religion. This night, one young woman will wonder why she always seems to drink too much. If however he is not being obedient to Gods Word, then yes he should be fulled with fear. After returning she decided that the Amish life was not for her and she left. Services are held every other Sunday and rotate from house to house.