Scout leaders in hot water for knocking over rock formation

Oct. 18, 2013 at 12:13 PM
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CASTLE DALE, Utah, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Authorities in Utah said a trio of Boy Scout leaders may face felony charges for destroying an ancient rock formation at a state park.

Utah State Parks officials said they are exploring potential charges against the three men, who posted a Facebook video of themselves knocking over one of Goblin Valley State Park's rock formations, known as "goblins," which was millions of years old, The Salt Lake Tribune reported Friday.

"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."

Glenn Taylor said he was the man who pushed over the rock formation while fellow scout leaders and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints youth leaders Dave Hall and Dylan Taylor watched.

Taylor said he thought he was doing a "civic service" by knocking over the formation after seeing a family walking near it.

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

Taylor said he now believes he should have contacted a ranger instead of knocking over the formation.

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