Dec 4, 2013
Three Scout Leaders Topple Stone Formation, Face Charges
Posted on Oct 18, 2013
It took nature some 165 million years to carve the “goblin” out of the sandstone in Utah’s Goblin Valley State Park. It took three Boy Scout troop leaders less than a minute to topple it, an act of astoundingly blatant vandalism that the Scout leaders involved are trying to pass off as an act of public safety.
Let’s hope there’s no merit badge for that.
While the Utah rock-toppling might seem like an isolated incident of only local significance, that videotaped act—yes, they filmed themselves doing it (see below)—reflects a mindset that over the years has led to untallied displays of arrogance at parks and other public lands. The National Park Service says that it has counted more than 9,000 acts of vandalism in the federal system since 2009, and that the pace has picked up considerably since the advent of social media.
The practice was underscored in Washington, D.C., recently, when paint was splattered on the Lincoln Memorial. According to NBC News4 in Washington:
And that’s just federal lands. It’s unclear how much damage has been done to state and local parklands.
As for the brave Boy Scout leaders in Utah, they may be facing felony charges for damaging the goblin, also called hoodoos, which are mushroom-shaped rock formations held up by a thin neck of stone, The Salt Lake Tribune reported:
So far, no word from the Boy Scouts on where vandalism falls under the Scout leader skills.
—Posted by Scott Martelle.
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