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Boy Scout Leaders Topple Ancient Rock Formation In Utah's Goblin Valley State Park, Say They Were Trying to Save Children

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Boy Scout Leaders Topple Ancient Rock Formation In Utah's Goblin Valley State Park (VIDEO)


The Huffington Post  |  By Posted:   |  Updated: 10/19/2013 2:15 pm EDT

The stone formation they destroyed was nearly 200 million years old, but the Boy Scout leaders who toppled it claim it posed an imminent threat.

The 3 men responsible, who filmed their activity in Utah's Goblin Valley State Park and uploaded the footage to Facebook, may face felony charges.

A copy of the video was posted on YouTube by the Salt Lake Tribune and shows a scene of giddy revelry. One of the men, "Glenn," is seen attempting to push over one of the park's signature stone formations, known as "goblins." When Glenn can't budge the rock, the man filming tells him to "wiggle it." He shifts position and pushes again; seconds later the delicate buttress that held the boulder aloft gives way, and the massive stone topples over.

"We have now modified Goblin Valley," one of the men says in the video, soliciting a cheer from the man behind him. "A new Goblin Valley exists, with, uh, this boulder down here [at] the bottom," he elaborates, pointing the camera at the large rock now resting below its former perch.

"Some little kid was about ready to walk down here and die," the cameraman continues. "Glenn saved his life by getting the boulder out of the way. So, it's all about saving lives here at Goblin Valley."

Reached for comment by the Salt Lake Tribune, Glenn Taylor, the man who pushed the rock over, maintained they thought they'd done a civic service, though he expressed regret for not having contacted a park ranger.

"I put my hand on a rock and it moved," he told the paper. "While we were sitting right there we thought, ‘Man if this rock falls it'll kill them.’ I didn't have to push hard."

Fox13 adds the 3 men were on a church camp-out when the incident occurred. The Emery County Attorney is considering filing felony charges, in which case Taylor's position with the Boy Scouts would be revoked.

The "goblin" the group knocked over, also known as a "hoodoo," forms when a harder rock sits atop softer rock. Over millions of years, the harder rock on top protects the softer stone directly beneath it. The soft matter elsewhere erodes, leaving behind a pinnacle. Rocks in Goblin Valley date back to the late Jurassic period, around 160 million years ago.

UPDATE: 3:45 p.m. -- In a statement to The Huffington Post, Deron Smith, the PR director for Boy Scouts of America, emphasized the organization's focus on teaching respectable outdoor stewardship:

We are shocked and disappointed by this reprehensible behavior. For more than a century, the Boy Scouts of America has been a leader in conservation—from stewardship to sustainability. We teach our 2.6 million youth members and 1.1 million adult members, who collectively spend more than 5.5 million nights outdoors, the principles of "Leave No Trace."

These principles stress a commitment to maintaining the integrity and character of the outdoors and all living things. The isolated actions of these individuals are absolutely counter to our beliefs and what we teach. We are reviewing this matter and will take appropriate action.

WATCH the Fox13 report on the incident, below:


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by on Oct. 19, 2013 at 8:57 PM
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cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Oct. 19, 2013 at 9:24 PM

That is disgusting. Can't the scouts do something about that? I mean legally, the scouts would be responsible if something happened to those kids because the adults weren't properly certified to be current leaders. I have to renew my training and clearances every year. 

Quoting momto3infl:

 From what I hear from what our higher ups have found out is that the 2 use to be leaders and still using BSA as their thing and one just hung out because of his kid.

Quoting cjsbmom:

So why are they allowed to be leaders? In our pack here, if you do not take the training and pass it and get your clearances, you aren't allowed to work with the kids. The state scouting office keeps track of all of that and they do enforce the rules. 

Quoting momto3infl:

 They were being jerks and giving BSA a bad name-found out later today one of them has never been registered and the other 2 are not up to date of training-so really being dumbasses.


 


PinkButterfly66
by Silver Member on Oct. 19, 2013 at 9:25 PM
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I hope they're prosecuted to the fullest extend of the law, desecrating and destroying a natural formation like that.

momto3infl
by on Oct. 19, 2013 at 9:28 PM

 National BSA can-but I know there are somethings going on that all has to do with LDS and their anniversary and gay vote and UTAH being the biggest area for LDS-but after this going viral they probably will step in.  I agree I have to do the same also.

Quoting cjsbmom:

That is disgusting. Can't the scouts do something about that? I mean legally, the scouts would be responsible if something happened to those kids because the adults weren't properly certified to be current leaders. I have to renew my training and clearances every year. 

Quoting momto3infl:

 From what I hear from what our higher ups have found out is that the 2 use to be leaders and still using BSA as their thing and one just hung out because of his kid.

Quoting cjsbmom:

So why are they allowed to be leaders? In our pack here, if you do not take the training and pass it and get your clearances, you aren't allowed to work with the kids. The state scouting office keeps track of all of that and they do enforce the rules. 

Quoting momto3infl:

 They were being jerks and giving BSA a bad name-found out later today one of them has never been registered and the other 2 are not up to date of training-so really being dumbasses.


 


 

cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Oct. 19, 2013 at 9:30 PM
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I'm glad the national office at least spoke out about what happened and condemned those men for doing it. The Boy Scouts have had a rough year or so with all that is going on. This is the last thing they need on top of all of that. 

Quoting momto3infl:

 National BSA can-but I know there are somethings going on that all has to do with LDS and their anniversary and gay vote and UTAH being the biggest area for LDS-but after this going viral they probably will step in.  I agree I have to do the same also.

Quoting cjsbmom:

That is disgusting. Can't the scouts do something about that? I mean legally, the scouts would be responsible if something happened to those kids because the adults weren't properly certified to be current leaders. I have to renew my training and clearances every year. 

Quoting momto3infl:

 From what I hear from what our higher ups have found out is that the 2 use to be leaders and still using BSA as their thing and one just hung out because of his kid.

Quoting cjsbmom:

So why are they allowed to be leaders? In our pack here, if you do not take the training and pass it and get your clearances, you aren't allowed to work with the kids. The state scouting office keeps track of all of that and they do enforce the rules. 

Quoting momto3infl:

 They were being jerks and giving BSA a bad name-found out later today one of them has never been registered and the other 2 are not up to date of training-so really being dumbasses.


 


 


.Bubbles.
by Silver Member on Oct. 19, 2013 at 9:34 PM
1 mom liked this
I saw this on the news. They weren't worried about safety they just wanted to see if they could knock it over. Idiocy at its finest.
Bieg9093
by Bronze Member on Oct. 19, 2013 at 9:34 PM
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 Full grown adults...they've got children, probably jobs and mortages...using all the judgement and self-control of 4 year olds.  Pathetic.

cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Oct. 19, 2013 at 9:57 PM
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Actually, I've seen 4 year olds with more self control.....

Quoting Bieg9093:

 Full grown adults...they've got children, probably jobs and mortages...using all the judgement and self-control of 4 year olds.  Pathetic.


LoveMyBoyK
by Ruby Member on Oct. 19, 2013 at 10:06 PM
Karma will bite them hard in their asses for such a despicable act. Imminant threat, my jiggly left ass cheek!!
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WesternNYmom
by Silver Member on Oct. 19, 2013 at 10:08 PM
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Those guys should be ashamed of themselves.  I pisses me off when people do things like this.  I hope they get the maximum penalty allowed by law.

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Oct. 19, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Seriously?

Such great leaders, setting such great examples for the boys they 'lead'.


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