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Scout Leaders Face Charges for Toppling Ancient Rock
But Utah men insist they were doing a public duty
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2013 5:55 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Two Utah men may face criminal charges for knocking over a rock that some people consider pretty darn special, CNN reports. Glenn Taylor and Dave Hall were leading a Boy Scout excursion in Utah's Goblin Valley State Park when they pushed over one of the many mushroom-shaped rocks that have been there for millions of years. Worse, they posted a video of it on YouTube—with one man singing, "Wiggle It, Just a Little Bit" and high-fiving the other once the rock fell over.

The men "are currently under criminal investigation," said a Utah State Parks official. "It gives you a pit in your stomach. ... This is not what you do at a natural scenic area." But Taylor and Hall insist they were performing a public duty, knocking over a precarious rock that would one day fall on someone. "We thought we were doing a good deed," Hall said. Meanwhile, the video has racked up over 1.5 million hits and inspired thousands of comments. "This video kinda sums up the human race," reads one. "At the end of the day we all are just like these idiots."

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NorCalHal
Oct 20, 2013 9:05 PM CDT
In addition to fines for defacing or destruction of park property let them pay to have it rebuilt... Hope these idiots never go to Pisa, Italy!
fridaysmyday
Oct 20, 2013 2:32 AM CDT
The guy that was pushing the rock over is suing a guy for a neck and back injury he supposedly sustained in a rear end car crash prior to that a few years ago, looks like his back is okay to me. If they wanted to make the park safe, why stop at pushing over a 20 million year old rock structure, get rid of all of the snakes, scorpions, tarantulas, and coyotes and place bottled water and first aid kits under every rock while they're at it. It's an example of arrogant ignorance, the same type of attitude that's wiped out civilizations and animal species in the past.
Tony B.
Oct 19, 2013 9:33 PM CDT
This is why people can no longer climb the Mayan Pyramids. People were taking stones and writing graffiti on them. Another example of how humans are destroying our planet.... SAD!!!!