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Scout Leader Who Toppled Goblin Rock Had Just Filed Lawsuit Claiming ‘Disability, Impairment’

by David Badash on October 20, 2013

in News

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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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{ 9 comments }

barbonine October 20, 2013 at 1:08 pm

" loss of joy of life."
Really?

That's what I feel every time some idiot vandalizes incredible natural formations.

foxymoxy73 October 20, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Well, this video is going to be center stage on denying that claim and he may also face some federal issues if he's been filing disability with the government.

And…tell the people to move if you're that concerned about the formation tipping over and film the collapse so people can see you weren't involved.

jmkks October 20, 2013 at 1:18 pm

This man should be prosecuted for both the rock incident AND lying about his injuries. This kind of crap cannot be tolerated. And we WONDER why the U.S. is screwed up? Idiots like these get away with things like this everyday. And I hope people let authorities know that this is inexcusable.

Alex_Parrish October 20, 2013 at 1:42 pm

He's disabled all right — but NOT his back; his HEAD! I hope the Boy Scouts drop them and that they are prosecuted.

olandp October 20, 2013 at 3:16 pm

This revelation comes as no surprise, probably a bagger too.

Those poor men, hundreds and hundreds of death threats, sounds like my high school and college years.

RainbowDemocrat October 20, 2013 at 9:56 pm

If the BSA doesn't IMMEDIATELY kick these twatwaffles out with the highest degree of dishonor, it will further sully their organization. That is if denying a young man the rank of Eagle Scout just because he's gay hasn't done so enough already…

IndyBareBear October 21, 2013 at 9:45 am

You know what the worst part about this is for me? This guy is probably a Republican Tea-party devotee. He sees nothing wrong with filing a lawsuit against someone ELSE as long as he is not getting a hand out from the 'guvmint" – he probably voted for Romney/Ryan, McCain/Palin, doesn't believe in Global Warming, thinks women on food stamps are lazy, and all around just a pleasant dude to be around. I however, see a Red-neck douchebag who thinks the world is his to do with as he pleases, THEN like any other good Republican he LIES – comes up with what he thinks is a PLAUSIBLE explanation for what he did (involving children just for good measure) then hunker down and hope it all blows over and no one from the liberal media or opposing party (the rest of humanity in his case) will file any charges.

barbonine October 23, 2013 at 12:34 pm

If it were simply vandalizing a national monument, 'hunker down' might have worked. However, there's that insurance fraud thing.

Insurance frogs don't like being defrauded. And they will start turning over rocks to find where he's hunkered down. His "loss of joy of life" is just beginning…

mjsimmons October 23, 2013 at 12:01 am

The Scouts reviewed and took action.

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