Some of the rocks in Goblin Valley are precariously perched
A couple of guys decided to tip one over
What a tragedy!
Now there are hardly any rocks left on the whole San Rafael Swell for future generations to tip over!
In typical irresponsible journalistic fashion, the national news media or local newspapers focused on elements of the story that seem not particularly accurate or relevant, but most liable to stir public outrage.
The two men in the short video are characterized as "Boy Scout leaders", though I see no evidence of that.
Also the rock is most particularly identified as an "ancient" rock, whatever impression that might be intended to convey. Again, no evidence for such an assertion, no particular geologist or authoritative reference given to verify that the rock might have "ancient" or any other particular qualities that might lead us to venerate it beyond the "rockiness" of any other plain old ordinary chunk of geological material.
In general, in the absence of any other compelling evidence, I would suppose that most rocks could be considered quite "ancient" in terms of biological lifespans.
The news story reports that the men "could face class B misdemeanor or second-degree felony charges." Apparently for assaulting an "ancient" rock. Or felonious rock toppling. Or even rockless endangerment.
I can just picture the authorities imposing stiff punitive measures against the underlying strata of dirt and rock that failed to support the toppled boulder. There should be severe penalties for such an outrageous and culpable lapse, to make a public example of the whole incident. This should insure that offensive "ancient" rocks will think twice before ever presuming to fall over again. Thus we can ensure that deseret rocks continue stalwart to do their rockly duty.
Sorry to get so rocked out about this. Reality seems so much stranger than any fiction could ever contrive...