"It is one of the most internationally known symbols of Norway. It's a kid, and it was done out of good intentions," Bård Anders Langø, the mayor of Alstahaug a nearby city, told The Local. "They were trying to make it more visible actually, and I don't think they understood how serious it was. I think now they understand."
The youths, who are not being named for their protection, according to The Local, also damaged other rock carvings at the site.