David Hall, Glenn Taylor and his son—the first two are scoutmasters—face felony arrests after posting video, taken by Taylor’s son, of the two men destroying a 200 million-year-old rock formation at Goblin Valley State Park last week. They knock over the rock, high-five each other, cackle with joy, and then say—and this is now their defense—that a child could have been killed if the rock fell on its own. Moe, or perhaps it is Curley, also says, perhaps more significantly, “We have modified Goblin Valley!”
- I am dubious. The rock required a hard, Wile E. Coyote push by these fools, which should have clued them in that a spontaneous topple was unlikely.
- Do not trust videotaped and web-posted misconduct that just happens to include an excuse, as in “Here I am mugging and beating this helpless senior, because—OH MY GOD!—-I have been possessed by an evil demon and have no control over my own body!!!
- The Boy Scouts will kick out a scoutmaster who is convicted of a felony. That’s a start. The organization should also can any scoutmaster who is proven to be, beyond a reasonable doubt, an irresponsible idiot who not only engages in vandalism but encourages others to do so by boasting about it on YouTube.
- This should be the case even when said scoutmaster describes the act of vandalism as “the smartest thing to do.” In fact, this should especially be the case when the idiot in question describes an overt act of obvious idiocy as “smart.” The welfare of children must not be entrusted to such people.
- Over at the estimable Legal Insurrection, Prof. Jacobson reveals that the men are getting death threats. I agree with the professor’s conclusion: that’s wrong. Everyone should just revile them and shame them publicly and emphatically, and let the law and humiliation take its course.
And do not let these guys into Monument Valley, any historic graveyard, the Agassiz Museum’s glass flower collection or allow them near the Parthenon.
Facts: NY Daily News
Source: Legal Insurrection