Instead of suffering strain, the connection between the Amish and non-Amish in St. Lawrence County may have been strengthened as a result of the abduction last week of two Heuvelton sisters.
The massive search for the Amish girls by law enforcement agencies, along with an outpouring of support from neighbors and volunteers, showed the Amish that “the English,” or the broader community, will rally to their assistance in a crisis, according to several people interviewed this week.
In that sense, some Amish residents said, they feel safer than ever. That feeling was reinforced by the girls’ quick return and an awareness that the outcome could have been much worse.
The girls, ages 7 and 12, were dropped off 24 hours after disappearing Aug. 13 from their roadside vegetable stand on Route 812 and Mount Alone Road, outside Heuvelton. Two non-Amish Hermon residents are accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting the sisters. [Read more...]