No More Merit Badges: Boy Scout Leaders Who Toppled Rock Formation Fired
The two men who were seen in a Facebook video toppling a rock formation in Goblin Valley State Park in Utah not only face possible felony charges, but have now been removed as Boy Scout leaders.
The Utah Parks National Council said the two men in the video, Glenn Taylor—the one who pushed the rock over—and Dave Hall—the one videotaping—violated the organization’s “Leave No Trace” policy for activities in natural areas, reported NBC News.
Hall said he accepted the decision. “I love and support the Boy Scouts of America and I don’t blame them one bit for their decision, and I support it,” he told NBC News. “We made a mistake and we need to own up to that. They did what they needed to do and we need to make amends.”
Taylor and Hall were on a trip with eight Boy Scouts to Goblin Valley State Park when they saw the boulder and decided to knock it over. They say because it looked like it was about to fall on its own onto a passerby.
The video shows them cheering and celebrating after knocking it over and Hall sings the 1990 hit “Wiggle It” to entice Taylor to move the boulder from its position.
A CNN story has also shed light on some more allegations for Taylor. He filed a personal injury lawsuit in September after a car crash claiming he suffers from “serious, permanent and debilitating injuries.” The injuries he say stem from a car crash four years ago.
“Someone with a bad back who’s disabled, who can’t enjoy life, to me, doesn’t step up and push a rock that big off the base,” the defendant in Taylor’s lawsuit, Alan MacDonald, told Salt Lake City television station KTVX.
According to The Seattle Times, the Utah State Parks authorities are conducting a criminal investigation into the incident at Goblin Valley State Park and the Emery County Attorney’s Office is still reviewing the incident to see if charges should be files.
Hall said he and Taylor had been Scout leaders a few years and want to still be involved with the organization, using this incident as a teaching point. Hall and Taylor are from Highland, Utah, about 30 miles south of Salt Lake City.
“We’ve always supported the Boy Scouts and if that’s what they feel is best, we support that decision,” Hall told The Seattle Times. “We’re extremely sorry for our mistake. We look forward to doing everything we can to make it right and move on.”