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

(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."

This wasn't the rock, but that is the park.
This wasn't the rock, but that is the park.   (Shutterstock)
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Boy Scout leaders give that rock a little push.   (YouTube)

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