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More than a dozen incidents of harassment and vandalism, including attempted arson, have been reported along a section of Prutsman Road in the Town of Troupsburg.

The Steuben County Sheriff's Office in Bath has been investigating the incidents, most of them directed against members of the Amish community.

Sheriff Joel Ordway said he would not want to characterize the situation as attacks on the Amish, as they have not ruled out the Amish as suspects. Also, while the majority of incidents appear to be directed toward selected members of the Amish community, other residents of Prutsman Road are also being affected, he said.

"We've been working on this for three weeks," Ordway said. "I've been up there personally myself twice talking to who they call the bishop of the community overseeing the Amish in that area.

"In this case, they're basically being terrorized up there in the late hours at night with objects striking the house and such," Ordway said. "They keep to themselves until it gets to the point where they can't tolerate it, and we've intervened."

Investigators and deputies from the sheriff's office have investigated until midnight or 1 a.m. using technology such as night vision equipment and thermal imaging devices, he said. They hope to identify whoever is responsible for the incidents that started out as vandalism but appear to be escalating.

Incidents have included the theft of a digital camera, objects being thrown, windows being broken and two sheriff's patrol vehicles being struck by objects.

There was an attempted arson on one barn, where a lighter was recovered, Ordway said. Nearby, a hay wagon was set on fire last weekend, and some passers-by saw it and pulled it out of the barn before it caught fire, he said.


I think it's terrible that such peaceful people are being tormented like this. At least their non-Amish neighbors are helping them, giving me hope that people still stand up for others.

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There have been like 8 threads related to Amish people in the last week. Coincidence?
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You are becoming the Amish guy.
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I don't think anyone should be harassed. However I don't like at all what the Amish do to their children, and I don't think it should be allowed.
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The zip companies won't stand for any more shit from the Amish.
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Obviously this is not an isolated incident and so seems quite peculiar to me. Really, who would be so hostile toward a group that is nonresistant by virtue?

I really doubt the possibility that the Amish are themselves responsible, like for insurance money or something, since they typically don't buy insurance or accept government assistance. In fact this is probably seen as an opportunity for them to come together as a community (e.g. ceremonial "barn-raising").

Anyway, it's a bad situation regardless. I definitely feel for the amish.
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Non-Amish are being harassed too.
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This is quite sad. These people don't even get in fistfights. Why would anyone want to harass them?

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Non-Amish are being harassed too.

So, it's just somebody harassing anyone in the area? I guess I gathered from your quoted excerpt that it was only Amish people. Doesn't change the fact that this is a sad situation.
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There have been a lot of Amish in the news lately.
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I don't think anyone should be harassed. However I don't like at all what the Amish do to their children, and I don't think it should be allowed.


This. Brainwashing children and intentionally keeping them out of school is a big no no.

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So, it's just somebody harassing anyone in the area? I guess I gathered from your quoted excerpt that it was only Amish people. Doesn't change the fact that this is a sad situation.


The Amish seem to be the main recipients of the harassment and vandalism.
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Why the hell would an Amish have a digital camera?
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The Amish Are Slowly Taking Over The Pit

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The article was so focused on the Amish I just figured that was what they meant (about the digital camera). My bad.
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As it should be.
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People need to stop hating on the Amish. They make some awesome baked goods.


Not to mention Amish tourism (People coming to see the Amish. Yeah that shit happens.) is a major source of revenue in my county.
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Why the f*ck would someone do that? They just want to have a peaceful life for goodness sake.
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This. Brainwashing children and intentionally keeping them out of school is a big no no.


You obviously have no idea what "rumspringa" is.


As for the cameras the Amish do not "despise technology" and even have incorporated many technologies into their culture.

Some by necessity or legal reasons (Milk pasteurization, phones are kept in barns for emergency contact, etc.)

They believe in living a simple life. They also have to abide by some laws hence the milk pasteurization and dairy equipment on farms.

They're a simple peaceful people that just want to be left alone. I have great respect for them and I'm an Atheist, not that it matters, it's just human decency.
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You obviously have no idea what "rumspringa" is.


I do know what it is, and it takes place long after they have already removed them from schooling. Kind of easy to ensure that people don't permanently leave the community very often when you've deprived them of the skills necessary to survive outside it by ending their schooling at a criminally young age.
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You obviously have no idea what "rumspringa" is.


I know exactly what rumspringa is. And if you know anything about how rumspringa actually works, you would know that anyone who decides to leave the community following that period is completely shunned, cut off financially, and never spoken to (or of) again.

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made me think of that too.
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made me think of that too.


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This. Brainwashing children and intentionally keeping them out of school is a big no no.

That's awfully harsh. By that logic, any religious family raising a child in said religion is effectively brainwashing their kid.
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