21 year old Max Pelofske went to a party to it to offer his congratulations to a friend’s sister, who will graduate from Proctor High School. But while there Max was jumper by a crowd of at least 11 High School seniors (mostly boys) who savagely beat him and at one point attempted to throw him in a fire pit because he was gay.
Kelly Johnson and Max Pelofske had been at the gathering of about 50 people, mostly current and former Proctor students, for about five minutes when a boy approached her and Pelofske. “He told me to look him in the eyes, and I was really confused because I’d never seen the guy before,” Pelofske told the News Tribune. “He asked me: ‘Are you gay?’ And I said, ‘Yes. Is that OK?’ ”
After that, Pelofske said he was struck in the head by a flying beer can, and a crowd of boys surrounded him, threw him to the ground and began punching and kicking him. “I tried to get up, but I kept getting knocked back down,” said Pelofske, who described his alleged assailants as “all laughing and smiling.”
“They were trying to throw me into the fire,” he said.
Johnson said at least nine boys were involved in the attack. “I thought they were going to kill him,” Johnson said, estimating that the beating went on for five to 10 minutes. She said she tried to intervene but was pushed away. “I was screaming, ‘Just let us leave!’
Max Pelofske was released from the hospital Sunday morning with bruised ribs, a swollen face, and foot marks all over his back and legs
Two teens, ages 18 and 19, are currently being held in custody at the St. Louis County Jail. The 19-year-old in custody is being held on pending charges of assault in the fourth degree — which is a crime of bias, and possession of marijuana. The 18-year-old’s pending charges are unknown.
It just never ends.