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Scout Leaders Topple Ancient Rock Formation

Hilander

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The stone formation they destroyed was nearly 200 million years old, but the Boy Scout leaders who toppled it claim it posed an imminent threat.

Boy Scout Leaders Topple Ancient Rock Formation In Utah's Goblin Valley State Park (VIDEO)
Maybe they had good intentions but considering this was in a state park they should have reported this unstable rock to rangers instead of doing this themselves. I don't see where it deserves a felony charge since there were no ancient markings on it.
 

Major

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If they did it on purpose then they definitely should be charged for it. It's not much different than if they had taken spray paint and painted the rocks. It's vandalism.
 

idisrsly

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I agree with Maj completely. Besides, it looks like there are a few rocks doing that in that little "goblin" valley. Are they just going to push all of them over? What idiots. Way to mess up millennia worth of formations.

It's not like kids pass by there on their way to school. I don't even see how they could consider it a threat. It's in a state park, where children should be escorted by adults, like these guys, who can warn the kids to steer clear of the rock that's been sitting still for millions of years, just incase it falls down at the exact second a kid is too close!!
 
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Hilander

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I agree its vandalism, they shouldn't have done this, their logic for doing so is misguided, should of just reported it and a punishment is warranted. Do you think they should be charged with a felony and possibly go to prison for one moment of stupidity? I think a heavy fine would be better.
 

Major

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It depends on what the law says. If the law says it's a felony, then they should be charged with a felony.
 

BigBob

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It's a state park, it shouldn't even be questioned if they should be charged with a felony or not. It's a protected park. If it posted an imminent threat, leave. Go find somewhere else to be.
 

Smelnick

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That's pretty dumb, toppling an ancient formation because of a percieved danger. Just don't let the kids go near it is all. There's no need to wreck it for everyone.
 

Doc

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I don't see how a 200,000,000 year old formation can be considered an imminent threat. It's clear that the leaders were showing off. Throw the book at them!
 

danwiz

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Damn, what assholes! How can they possible be associated with the Boy Scouts. I hope they throw the book at them and I also hope the Boy Scouts ban them from any future activities with the Scouts!
 

dDave

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This is a big deal and they should send a clear message by making examples of these guys. If something is an "imminent threat" then you should contact the park rangers and make sure to get permission before you do something like this.

Even if they claim that they did it for a good cause, it just looks like vandalism to everyone else.

I think they should be charged as the law states, no way would scout leaders not know the laws of a national park. This was an incredibly irresponsible move by them.
 
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