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Scout Leader Destroys 160 Million-Year-Old Rock Formation, Cheers About It (VIDEO)

Submitted by on October 19, 2013 – 10:34 am2 Comments

A Utah man is facing possible felony charges this week after toppling a “goblin” rock formation in a state park. Glenn Taylor and Dave Hall were leading a group of Varsity Scouts (for boys aged 14 to 15) when they found the wobbly formation.

Hall videotaped Taylor repeatedly trying to budge the rock before finally rolling it into a ditch. The video was posted on the web, and then reposted to YouTube by the Salt Lake Tribune. The video shows the pair joking and goofing around, then cheering and high-fiving each other after finally toppling the boulder.

But Hall said they only acted out of concern for their scouts and other visitors to the park. He says that the boys were playing a game, jumping along the tops of the rocks, when they found the large, unstable one.

Goblin Valley State Park is home to many such goblins, or hoodoos. They are the result of “the uneven hardness of sandstone,” which allows the softer portions to be eroded over millions of years, leaving the distinct rock formations.

A state park spokesperson said a criminal investigation is underway. And the Boy Scouts of America (of which the Varsity Scouts are a part), said they are “shocked and disappointed by this reprehensible behavior,” and emphasized that it did not reflect their outdoor principle of “Leave No Trace.”

Hall stands by the reasons for his actions, but now says he went about it in the wrong way and should have contacted the authorities.

What do you think of Hall and Taylor’s actions? Should they face criminal charges?

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