I was 17 years old when I told my parents that I didnt want to be a JW anymore. I didnt really have any doctrinal reasons at the time, I just told them it wasn't for me, my heart wasn't in it. I was born into the faith and was baptized at around age 11, my father was and still is an elder. anyways back to the story, my father said that while I lived in his home I would continue to have to go to the meetings. I did meet with the elders, not as a JC though, they just wanted to talk. They had all known me since I was 4 years old. They were very nice and I dont remember now the details very well but anyways I continued going to the meetings for another year or so when I moved out and even them I would go from time to time, to please my parents and because I had friends in the hall still. No one really shunned me at that point, no announcement had been made or anything like that and I think maybe I got a little bit of special treatment because of who my Dad was, plus I think that spanish congregations are pretty liberal compared to what I've read described on these boards. Yada, yada, yada I started going to UO and I never went to another meeting after that. My parents briefly shunned me because I told them I didnt believe in the bible ( I didnt know that would be so shocking to them) but they got over it and we are still cool.