Boy Scouts Boot Rock-Topplers
One of the men filed disability lawsuit
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2013 12:58 AM CDT
This frame grab shows a Boy Scouts leader looking over an ancient Utah desert rock formation at Goblin Valley State Park, which he later knocked down.    (AP Photo/Dave Hall)

(Newser) – No merit badges for these guys: A pair of Boy Scout leaders who filmed themselves knocking over an ancient rock formation in a Utah national park have been chucked out of the organization. A spokesman for Boy Scouts of America said the organization was "saddened by this irresponsible display of behavior and apparent disregard for our natural surroundings," NPR reports. Criminal charges may still be filed over the Goblin Valley incident.

The two men insisted that they toppled the boulder to protect other visitors from a possible rock fall, but park officials say they do not believe the rock posed an imminent danger to anybody. In a strange twist, it has emerged that one of the men filed a lawsuit last month claiming he sustained "serious, permanent, and debilitating injuries" when his truck was rear-ended four years ago, reports the Deseret News. "I was a little bit surprised that the man who pushed over this 2,000-pound rock formation was suing me for disability," says the other driver, who was 16 at the time of the crash.

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MitchinThailand
Oct 22, 2013 10:50 PM CDT
... If ONE more person says "JUST a rock" ONE more time!!! ... It wasn't A ROCK - it was a ROCK FORMATION! A naturally-occurring FORMATION of ROCKS (plural!!!) which is a RARE and BEAUTIFUL thing that does NOT happen frequently If it were "JUST a rock" and happened EVERYWHERE and was TYPICAL of rocks I would NOT have a problem with it. THIS IS NOT THAT! You people remind me of my own opinion about "ART" (for which I have no 'eye')... but you do not see me going around claiming the right to destroy paintings or sculptures do you???! NO - I realize OTHERS think it's beautiful and I leave it ALONE for others to appreciate. That is all I'm asking people to do with the ROCK FORMATIONS. Leave them the hell ALONE. (or I will smack you upside your head with "it's just a rock". - ok, not really, it's just that I'm upset at the ignorance of some people).
bubbahotep
Oct 22, 2013 10:42 PM CDT
American Idiots, on display.
HMD-SMD-ITY
Oct 22, 2013 9:12 PM CDT
I want, "Galaxy Quest II" to happen and these tards are pissing on my picnic.