SALT LAKE CITY – Two Utah Boy Scout leaders who purposely knocked over an ancient desert rock formation in a state park say they've received death threats since a video of the toppling went viral.
In the video shot by Dave Hall of Highland, fellow Scout leader Glenn Taylor pushes a large boulder from its delicate perch, sending it tumbling down a small embankment as the men cheer and high-five.
Hall said they've received more than 100 online death threats from people who disapproved of their Oct. 11 action in Goblin Valley State Park. The central Utah park is dotted with thousands of the eerie, mushroom-shaped sandstone formations.
"I've gotten death threats from people in Germany and Spain and New Zealand ... I mean hundreds and hundreds of hateful messages," Hall told the Deseret News.
Hall and Taylor are leaders of a Varsity Scout team for boys ages 14 and 15 sponsored by their Mormon church ward in Highland."
The subject line for this thread should read "MORON Boy Scout Leaders."
Looks like they forgot the Scouts' "Leave No Trace" rule - wherever you visit, you take only photographs and leave only footprints.
I'm a den leader in my son's Cub Scout pack and some of the other parents and I were discussing this video at our weekly meeting yesterday. As far as we're concerned, these doofuses should've known better and they deserve whatever's coming to them.
I agree. My kids were both in scouting when they were younger and this rule was huge: always have respect for the natural environment and leave the site in better shape than when you arrived. That was scouting 101. Those scout leaders apparently really are morons.