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Media Silliness...

I'm not devoid of humor and elements of the story do make one chuckle, but I'm really chuckling - I think - more at the media than at the Amish kid and maybe a little at the police.  Here's the story: a 17-year-old Amish kid, obviously in the throes of hormone-laced "rumspringa" (that period of exploration that SOME Amish teens indulge in..for those new here, I have written about rumpsringa a ton, I won't totally rehash it here), didn't stop at a stop sign.  With his bad luck there happened to be a cop in those rural hinterlands right at that intersection (sounds more like MY luck) at the very moment his buggy rolled through a stop sign.  The cop comes after the kid, the kid panics and bolts.  A "slow speed" chase ensues.  CBS News catches wind of the story somehow and can't resist piling on with trite jokes, cliches, and coverage.   Click here to read CBS News's version of events.  Again, I'm not saying that I'm not mildly amused (I DO have a sense of humor), but c'mon, this is the biggest non-story.    There's nothing here that says the kid was driving the buggy while intoxicated (in my view, a more serious offense), he rolled through a stop sign, panicked,  and now he's got a pile of charges on him.  I'm not minimizing underage possession, but, sheesh, this sort of thing happens every day in every neighborhood but it involves an Amish kid and a buggy and the national media can't help themselves and I think the police got a little "citation happy" on the kid.  And to be fair, it wasn't just CBS, it was the AP, UPI, and other national media that piled on also....What do you think?

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well, journalism is a dying art. they finally got something that they did not have to twist around to benefit sime piece of legislation, or politician's misdeed. Probably enjoyed getting to just present some news no matter how insignificant it was.MEEOOWW

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Evidently the media was having a slow day.  This story should never have made it to the AP.

Kids will be kids,, Amish or English.

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 I have to say that given the fact that the Amish are deliberately different than most Americans, what they do is going to be noticed by a lot of people. It is human nature. One of the things , however, that disturbs me about the Amish is that some of their districts still entertain this kind of wild behavior in their kids even though they must know the world is watching. My friend, Erma, is an OO Mennonite, and she explained to me that when she is at the store with her kids, she is very mindful to keep them under control because it is a bad witness to others. SHe said people expect the plain people to act godly and that includes their children.She believes that she is a representative of Jesus Christ in the community. These Amish kids make their parents terrible Christian witnesses .This is the main reason a large number of Amish districts have forbidden the typical rumspringa nonsense to occur. These other communities have to realize that letting teens sow their wild oats in the 21 century is not just a matter of smoking an occasional cigarette or kicking back a beer behind the barn. It is often accompanied by drunkeness and drug use. The Detweiler boy broke the law and should reflect on his sin.

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I agree that once again the media has over-played a "non-story" because it involved someone Amish.  What irritated me even more, though, were the snide remarks (not even jokes as far as I'm concerned) that the journalist made.  I wonder if the same type sneers would have been included in the article had the guilty party been a member of a different religious or racial group -- or the son of a US Congressman or Senator?  I think not..  Very distasteful all the way around.

~ Janice

 

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about overdriving the animal I don't know I wasn't there and don't know what the police saw.   I'm not saying the kid  intentionally did anything to his horse but his actions do appear to fit the  basic criteria for the original charge in terms of how their statuate is written.  1) the horse could have been injured when the kid chose to roll through the stop sign. Its just a preliminary charge I'm sure they will drop this one since its a misdeamnor & the possession of underage alcohol charges. 

 Unfortunately for him not stopping when the police tell you to is a felony and all state attorney's offices go for the higher charges. Running on foot is an additional felony charge of fleeing and eluding law enforcement.

Laws of New York, Agriculture and Markets Law Article 26, section 353:

Quote:

Overdriving, torturing and injuring animals; failure to provide
proper sustenance. A person who overdrives, overloads, tortures or
cruelly beats or unjustifiably injures, maims, mutilates or kills any
animal, whether wild or tame, and whether belonging to himself or to
another, or deprives any animal of necessary sustenance, food or drink,
or neglects or refuses to furnish it such sustenance or drink, or
causes, procures or permits any animal to be overdriven, overloaded,
tortured, cruelly beaten, or unjustifiably injured, maimed, mutilated or
killed, or to be deprived of necessary food or drink, or who wilfully
sets on foot, instigates, engages in, or in any way furthers any act of
cruelty to any animal, or any act tending to produce such cruelty, is
guilty of a class A misdemeanor and for purposes of paragraph (b) of
subdivision one of section 160.10 of the criminal procedure law, shall
be treated as a misdemeanor defined in the penal law.

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ok so he messed up he was drinking underaged, panicked and ran from the cops. Dumb move on his end just like every other 17 year old boy in my area. The news here doesn't focus on teenagers running amuck for stuff like this. The Amish kids in Florida get in quite a bit of trouble for things like meth poessession, DUI's, driving motor vehicles without a license, etc but it doesn't make national news because they don't get singled out for it any more then any other group. When they get picked up in Florida people only know they're Amish because of their last names and the area they are listed as being from in the police blotters.

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I'll bet the wrath of his parents will be worse than what the "law" will do to him! 

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In an odd way it's kind of a compliment to the Amish - as a group they are law abiding and well behaved, so when one of them misbehaves a little we take notice. Like you said, it's not news when an "Englisher" teen avoids the police.

 

I feel for the boy - I hope they drop some of the sillier charges (overdriving an animal?) and go easy on him. I imagine he's feeling pretty humiliated!

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I think we have too many "journalists" with too much time on their hands.  If only they could channel all that energy somewhere positive.....

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slow news day at CBS