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Boy Scouts remove 2 men who toppled ancient Utah rock

By Brady McCombs

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:30 a.m. HST, Oct 21, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY » Two Utah men already facing possible criminal charges for purposely toppling an ancient rock formation in a state park have now been removed from their posts as Boy Scout leaders.

A northern Utah Boy Scouts council announced today that Glenn Taylor and Dave Hall will no longer be allowed to lead scouting troops due to what happened Oct. 11 at Goblin Valley State Park, which they filmed and posted on Facebook.

The move comes on the heels of the national Boy Scouts of America condemning the men's actions last week and promising a review of the incident. The Boy Scouts' Utah National Parks Council posted a statement on its website saying the men's actions are not in line with the principles the organization teaches about preserving nature.

"We encourage all leaders and Scouts to review the 'Leave No Trace' principles, as we are all a part of maintaining the integrity, character and the natural beauty of the outdoors for all living things," the statement said.

The rock formation they toppled over is about 170 million years old, Utah State Parks spokesman Eugene Swalberg said. The central Utah park is dotted with thousands of the eerie, mushroom-shaped sandstone formations.

Hall and Taylor came under fire last week after posting a video on Facebook where Taylor can be seen wedging himself between a formation and a boulder to knock a large rock off the formation's top. Taylor and his two companions can then be seen cheering, high-fiving and dancing.

They said the rock formation was loose and they feared it was dangerous. They were leading a group of teenage Boy Scouts on a trip when it happened.

Hall said they found out about losing their Boy Scouts positions this morning. They had been troop leaders for a few years, Hall said, and hope to continue to be involved in organization in the future using what happened as a teaching point. Both men 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 said. "We're extremely sorry for our mistake. We look forward to doing everything we can to make it right and move on."

Utah State Parks authorities are conducting a criminal investigation, and the Emery County Attorney's Office also is reviewing the incident to determine if charges should be filed.

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iwanaknow wrote:
Highland Utah is like Kahala or Hawaii Kai, people well off, smart and educated (I suppose, you'd think)...............maybe they can become leaders for the Girl Scouts?
on October 21,2013 | 11:52AM
DAGR81 wrote:
Am I reading you correctly? Are you really saying people in Kahala or Hawaii Kai are smarter and more educated than the rest of us?
on October 21,2013 | 02:52PM
Anonymous wrote:
DA, I read it to mean that Kahala and Hawaii Kai people are smart and educated, not smarter and more educated than the rest of us.
on October 21,2013 | 08:13PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Book smart. Not street smart.
on October 22,2013 | 05:24AM
2NDC wrote:
Nail 'um. Making them an example will minimize "copycat" types of crimes.
on October 21,2013 | 11:56AM
paniolo wrote:
Last night on one of the news stations they said that the guy that pushed the rock recently filed a lawsuit against another person because of a car accident. He claimed pain, suffering and disability issues. Since the video been released, there's investigation on for false statements on the lawsuit. Shame. Bachi.
on October 21,2013 | 12:27PM
hikine wrote:
What a lolo. Hope he gets jailed for filing a false claim and return and monies he gotten.
on October 21,2013 | 05:09PM
loquaciousone wrote:
The Boy Scout's motto is to always be prepared. I guess they forgot their brains at home.
on October 21,2013 | 12:44PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Can't forget something you don't have.
on October 22,2013 | 05:24AM
Slow wrote:
Doesn't the Mormon church teach that mankind is here to subdue the earth? WHITE POWER!
on October 21,2013 | 01:23PM
primo1 wrote:
Newsflash for anyone who actually believes that: the earth doesn't SUBMIT.
on October 21,2013 | 03:03PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Church only wants their tithe.
on October 22,2013 | 05:26AM
goodvibrations wrote:
Too late to apologize....170 million years too late
on October 21,2013 | 02:18PM
Graham wrote:
Mistake my.....a mistake is when you accidently cause a mishap...not when you purposefully destroy something...
on October 21,2013 | 03:42PM
hikine wrote:
A rock that stood for million of years and could've stood for another thousand suddenly gets topple in less that 20 secs because they though it would hurt someone? What ifs, could've, would've doesn't cut it in their defense. The guy took great strength just to topple this 'loose' boulder! They just deprived the public of nature's wonder. If you visit a park leave things alone, you're there to visit and not alter anything which they seems to missed a class on.
on October 21,2013 | 05:07PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Sounds like the same old "rocks" in Congress?
on October 22,2013 | 05:28AM
teatime808 wrote:
Put him under the rock and let the rock have its revenge.
on October 21,2013 | 05:42PM
mikethenovice wrote:
You are too kind. He would not have felt anything.
on October 22,2013 | 05:27AM
patk wrote:
Too bad the rock didn't fall on him, that would have made a great video.
on October 21,2013 | 09:16PM
mikethenovice wrote:
You mean the "rocks" between the ears?
on October 22,2013 | 05:17AM
mikethenovice wrote:
They could have been injured loosening the rocks. Let natural do its course at its pace.
on October 22,2013 | 05:19AM
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