In the documentary “The Devils Playground” the Amish youth are allowed out of their community to experience the world. The devils playground is known to the Amish as the “English world’. This process is known to the Amish as a runspringa. The purpose of this process is to give the youth a chance to decide whether or not they want to be Amish. According to the documentary this process can take anywhere from six months to two years depending on the person. Once a person accepts the Amish life they will get baptized and cannot leave. If a person gets baptized in the Amish community and leaves they will be shunned forever. In The Devils Playground a young boy named Faron is followed around to share his experience of the runspringa. Faron is the preacher’s son and will probably someday be a preacher himself. Faron gets himself into trouble with drugs in his experience in the English world. Although Faron resorts to selling drugs to make a living in the English world, he eventually gets caught by the police. When Faron gets arrested he narks on another drug dealer to get himself out of trouble. Faron rapidly moves away to avoid the wrath of the drug dealer and his friends. Faron knows that he will go back to the Amish community and get baptized but before he does so he needs to get himself clean from the drugs. Although Faron wished he would have went back before he got into trouble because he would have had it easy. Faron states that he would have a place to live and a place to work in the Amish community.
I thought the Devils Playground was very interesting to watch. These Amish teenagers completely go crazy with drugs, alcohol, and sex. The teenagers who went back to the Amish church right away seemed to think English people were crazy for doing all this crazy stuff. I think that the teenagers who waited the English world out finally realized that everyone outside of the Amish community do not act like animals. This documentary was a real eye opener. I had no...
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