Diatribe: Nincompoops Knock Over Prehistoric Boulder In Utah Park.
One spring, many years ago, we were lucky enough to time our beach vacation with a huge migration of sand dollars. We could walk out, chest deep, into the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and feel the extremely flattened sea urchins beneath our feet. With enough practice we learned how to pick them up using our toes and a flip of our ankles while still keeping our heads above the surface to breathe. Signs were posted all along the shoreline warning beachgoers that it was illegal to remove live sea creatures, and some native plants, from the beach area. I took some sand dollars and I felt terribly guilty.
My sand dollar snafu pales in comparison to the three nincompoops who toppled over a rock formation in Utah’s Goblin Valley State Park. The men, filmed themselves knocking over one of the “goblins”, estimated to have formed more than 20 million years ago from rock that could be 165 million years old, laughing and singing like children and posted the video on Facebook.
Glenn Taylor was the man who pushed over the formation, while Dave Hall filmed and Dylan Taylor looked on. Taylor and Hall are leaders for a local troop of the Boy Scouts of America and the men also act as Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints youth leaders. And fine examples they’re setting.
“Some little kid was about ready to walk down here and die and Glenn saved his life by getting the boulder out of the way … We have now modified Goblin Valley.” – Dave Hall.
Rubbish. That rock hadn’t moved in twenty million years and wasn’t going anywhere any time soon. Whether or not the park was officially open during the partial government shutdown is unclear but if these “leaders” were truly concerned for the safety of children the correct thing to do would be to report their concerns to the proper authorities … not dance and sing and push rocks like monkeys in a zoo.
“If we were defacing property, if we had been going around knocking over all kinds of rocks, I would feel really guilty. As it is, I feel guilty because I have a conscience. But my conscience also says I did the right thing.” – Glenn Taylor.
Apparently, anyone involved, including those who encouraged the possibly criminal activity, could face anywhere from Class B misdemeanor to second-degree felony charges depending upon on how much the formation is valued.
I’m confident that had this been three teenage boys they would have been deemed “juvenile delinquents” and spend the rest living with the label. But these three men, setting examples for the youth in their community, are nothing but nincompoops.
At least I was smart enough to keep video footage of my sand dollar-napping out of the news.
What do you think? Criminals or Good Samaritans?
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