UPDATE: Scout Leaders were “booted” from the Boy Scouts today.
One of the Utah Boy Scout leaders who this past week toppled a 170-million year old rock that had been perched in an almost incredible “goblin” formation for 20 million years is in a lot of trouble — and may be facing even more.
Glenn Taylor, who pushed — “toppled,” as many say — the several thousand pound ancient rock over, reportedly had recently filed a personal injury lawsuit claiming “disability, impairment, loss of joy of life.”
“Taylor, the man who is seen actually shoving the rock to the ground, had filed a personal injury lawsuit against a woman and her father for injuries he says he suffered in a 2009 car crash,” KUTV reports:
Taylor filed the lawsuit at the beginning of September saying that after that accident he injured his back and had to “endure great pain and suffering, disability, impairment, loss of joy of life.” Taylor also says in the lawsuit that the accident was “debilitating.”
Alan Macdonald says he was surprised when he saw the lawsuit come across his desk. He says his daughter rear-ended several cars during that accident, Taylor, he says, was one of them. Macdonald says no one went to the hospital after the crash.
He says after watching the video that has taken off across the Internet, he thinks Taylor doesn’t look debilitated at all, “he’s climbing over other rocks,” says Macdonald, after watching the tape, “then he lines up, gets leverage and pushes that big old rock several times before he finally pushes it over,” Macdonald continues, “then he turns and twists and high fives and yucks it up and flexes his muscles he just doesn’t look like a terribly disabled person to me.”
Dave Hall, the cameraman who filmed the video of Taylor toppling the goblin rock, said he and Taylor, both Scout leaders, as CBS News reports, “have received more than 100 online death threats from people who disapproved of their Oct. 11 action in Goblin Valley State Park.”
“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.
He acknowledged the video makes it look like they are “guys just out enjoying themselves by destroying stuff,” but insisted they took the action because they believed the balanced rock was about to fall and could hurt their Scouts and other park visitors.
CBS notes the “Boy Scouts of America was ‘shocked and disappointed by this reprehensible behavior,’ said Deron Smith, national spokesman for the organization. The action ran contrary to the organization’s longtime leadership in conservation and teaching of ‘leave no trace’ principles, he added.”
“We are reviewing this matter and will take appropriate action,” Smith said in a statement.
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