Over in St. Louis County, Missouri, a 21 year old named Max Pelofske came to a party at the pit in order to congratulate a friend’s sister, who is going to graduate from Proctor High School in several days. The friend, Kelly Johnson, also 21, said she and Pelofske had been at the unsanctioned 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 answering the question, Pelofske said he was struck in the head by a flying beer can. Then 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 resumed, which also included an assumption that 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!’ ”
The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Department is currently investigating whether or not to file hate crime charges against two of the nine attackers who have been arrested so far. As of right now, people are pointing fingers. People who were around the area where the beating went down told police that Pelofske was attacked for stealing drinks from guests at the party. However, Pelofske took a breathalyzer test and it came back saying that Pelofske didn’t consume any alcohol.