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This still from the Facebook video uploaded by the Boy Scout leaders was taken from The Salt Lake Tribune's YouTube page.

Merit Badge for Stupid: Boy Scout Leaders Topple Ancient Rock Formation

ICTMN Staff
10/18/13

“Wiggle it, just a little bit,” the man operating the camera, Dave Hall, says to goad his friend as he pushes on a rock formation called a goblin in Goblin Valley State Park in Salt Lake City, Utah.

After the rock falls the three men in the video laugh, cheer and high five. Likely not knowing that the rock they just toppled had been there since the Jurassic Period, according to geologists who spoke to The Salt Lake Tribune.

In the video, the men think they are protecting children from what looks like a precarious rock: “Some little kid was about ready to walk down here and die and Glenn saved his life by getting the boulder out of the way,” the cameraman is heard saying. “So it’s all about saving lives here at Goblin Valley.”

But park officials aren’t at all amused by the destruction.

“It is not only wrong, but there will be consequences,” State Parks spokesman Eugene Swalberg told The Salt Lake Tribune.

“This is highly, highly inappropriate,” he said. “This is not what you do at state parks. It’s disturbing and upsetting.”

The other men in the video are Glenn Taylor, who pushed the rock over, and Dylan Taylor, who jumped up and down excitedly once Glenn knocked it over.

The men told Fox 13 News that the video doesn't tell the whole story. The three insisted that the rock was extremely loose and was going to fall any minute. “We decided the best and smartest thing is, push it over so it can’t fall on top of somebody,” Hall told FOX 13 News.

The Emery County Attorney learned of the video October 16 and is investigating. Glenn Taylor did say he regrets how he handled the situation. “I wish we would have been smart enough to go get a ranger cause it was wrong of us to be vigilantes, and I’m sorry I did that,” he told FOX 13 News.

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nonoman's picture
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Submitted by nonoman on
Oh no, this is horrid kill them do this. Wait wait wait , what about the highways and houses that get built on this planet. Your telling me that the ground breaking is no less in age? Law is stupid in this case.

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Submitted by jf on
stupid is as stupid does!!! This is what we are about today with cretins running all over the place!

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Submitted by Brad Broerman on
Not anywhere near what we teach in scouting... Leave No Trace. If they were concerned at all for safety (which they weren't, obviously) they should have avoided the area.

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Submitted by Cynthia Bakke on
So this is leadership? Those who are ignorant of State Park rules, of the sacred landscape should require escorts to prevent their stupidity from affecting others. These guys are assholes & idiots. Please remove them from leading anything other than the polls in Idiocy. Ignorance is no excuse.

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Submitted by Paul adams on
people like this should not be allowed in state parks let alone be boy scout leaders this is a crime and they should pay

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Submitted by Earle Masciantonio on
They should be arrested and fined for vandelism and destruction of public property. They didn't save anyone, just did it for the Good ol boy H--- of it. Sickening. Stupid.

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Submitted by Anonymous on
And how old are they? That was about the most stupidest thing to do in a state park...Oh yah and where were the little kids?

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Submitted by robyn langford on
there are some people, too many in fact, who should not be allowed to go anywhere in the natural world without a guard or guide. The actions of these clowns are evidence of what is so drastically wrong with urban dwelling people today. What they don't understand they fear and destroy. Perhaps there is a need to allow people into national parks only if they are accompanied by a guide or two.

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Submitted by kriss Brito on
Why is it when a white person destroy something that doesn't belong to them, excuses are made and weak statements of apologizes are all it takes to get them off the hook? They should be made to pay a fine.

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Submitted by ozarkat on
Obviously, they checked their brains at the gate upon entering the park. I hope they get some kind of fine or jail time.

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Submitted by Paul on
So what, it was going to fall over on it's own some day. Maybe a week, maybe a hundred years !!

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Submitted by Martha E Lujan on
Morons!

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Submitted by Anonymous on
Prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. They had NO business doing what they did.

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Les
Submitted by Les on
Wow! What is it in our culture that we get a thrill in the act of destroying a part of nature? The rock pedestals of Goblin Valley have been standing for centuries and many have stood for thousands of years only to be knocked over by Neanderthals. This rock would have likely continued on it's pedestal for a long time. It's sad that people from our culture feel it's ok to destroy. In the Lakota Culture , often known as Sioux, it took a sacred ceremony and prayer just to collect a rock. When they chased the settlers off the warriors would take the blocks of prairie sod used to build the sod houses and place the blocks back onto the ground where they'd been removed. Sad. Very sad.

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Submitted by Les on
Wow! What is it in our culture that we get a thrill in the act of destroying a part of nature? The rock pedestals of Goblin Valley have been standing for centuries and many have stood for thousands of years only to be knocked over by Neanderthals. This rock would have likely continued on it's pedestal for a long time. It's sad that people from our culture feel it's ok to destroy. In the Lakota Culture , often known as Sioux, it took a sacred ceremony and prayer just to collect a rock. When they chased the settlers off the warriors would take the blocks of prairie sod used to build the sod houses and place the blocks back onto the ground where they'd been removed. Sad. Very sad.

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Submitted by Mindy on
They don't let gays in but they do let idiots in. Sounds like they need to give up all their merit badges.

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Submitted by Mother Nature... on
I think your heads are loose. We should knock your heads off cause they're really loose. 3 idiots.

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