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21 Year Old Gay Man Bashed By Group of High School Seniors at Minnesota Graduation Party

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.

The Duluth News Tribune reports:

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.

A Facebook  page has been set up in support of Max  and a rally is planned.

It just never ends.


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1 thought on “21 Year Old Gay Man Bashed By Group of High School Seniors at Minnesota Graduation Party”

  1. Wow. Graduate from high school and enter the criminal justice system. Just lovely the way the bigoted school officials refuse to teach tolerance and come down harder on bullies. It is like they are grooming the future criminals of America. Just lovely.

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