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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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illogicalkat
by Bronze Member on Oct. 20, 2013 at 2:37 AM

Agreed. That better come with a very steep fine, at the least.


Quoting PinkButterfly66:

I hope they're prosecuted to the fullest extend of the law, desecrating and destroying a natural formation like that.



LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Oct. 20, 2013 at 9:21 AM
They haven't been messed with because nobody messed with them.

Quoting susannah2000:

They are jerks and dumbasses all right, but tell me, if the small  boulders were able to be moved merely by someone pushing on them, without crowbar or machine, how they wouldn't have been messed with long before now?

Cafe Steph
by Head Admin on Oct. 20, 2013 at 9:24 AM
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Their excuse is completely lame. Any child in that area would hopefully be accompanied by adults brighter than these fools who would warn them and keep them away from any wobbly goblins. If they truly thought they were doing this for the safety of children, they wouldn't have recorded it and behaved how they did on that video.

UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Oct. 20, 2013 at 9:25 AM
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That is exactly opposite of how scouts are supposed to I teract with nature.

Fuck those guys.
finnbar
by Silver Member on Oct. 20, 2013 at 10:28 AM
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I am practically speechless. I can't think of any descriptors to accurately express my loathing for these cretins
jllcali
by Jane on Oct. 20, 2013 at 10:39 AM
What disability does he have

Quoting Mipsy:

So its beend found that the guy who did this claimed in a lawsuit he was disabled. Theres some video of him being confronted by a reporter i guess.
jllcali
by Jane on Oct. 20, 2013 at 10:41 AM
Asshats
lizzielouaf
by Gold Member on Oct. 20, 2013 at 10:44 AM


How about destructive disrespectful assholes? I hope they not only face felony charges but are found guilty. Let them deal with the lifelong ramifications of having a felony record. 

Quoting finnbar:

I am practically speechless. I can't think of any descriptors to accurately express my loathing for these cretins



lizzielouaf
by Gold Member on Oct. 20, 2013 at 10:45 AM
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Mental I'm guessing. 

Quoting jllcali:

What disability does he have

Quoting Mipsy:

So its beend found that the guy who did this claimed in a lawsuit he was disabled. Theres some video of him being confronted by a reporter i guess.



finnbar
by Silver Member on Oct. 20, 2013 at 10:53 AM
I was thinking inbred fucktards. How in the world could they think they would get away with this wanton destruction?


Quoting lizzielouaf:


How about destructive disrespectful assholes? I hope they not only face felony charges but are found guilty. Let them deal with the lifelong ramifications of having a felony record. 


Quoting finnbar:

I am practically speechless. I can't think of any descriptors to accurately express my loathing for these cretins





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