Amish Youth Are Faced With Contemporary Problems

Source: The Washington Post

On June 27, 1998, The Washington Post reported that Amish youth are not immune to the problems of drinking and drug use, as testified by the recent arrests of two young Amish men for buying cocaine and sharing it at parties. A rite of passage for youth called “rumschpringes” involves a period of relative freedom before actively chosing reentry into the church with adult responsibilites, and during this time youth may be exposed to behaviors otherwise incompatible with the Amish lifestyle. While only a minority of Amish youth participate in alcohol and drug use, it is a concern for the community.