High School Graduation Party Turns Into Attempt at Burning Gay Man Alive
“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!’ ”
Other people at the party gave police a different account of events. An account that was totally refuted by the evidence, but a different account nonetheless. Guests attempting to whitewash the gaybashing that went down told police that Pelofske was attacked for stealing drinks from guests at the party. Pelofske immediately asked for a breathalyzer test from police which proved that this accusation was baseless as he had not been drinking.
The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Department is investigating whether or not to file hate crime charges against the two of the nine attackers who have been arrested so far.
Stay tuned for more on which of Proctor High School’s class of 2012 will be graduating from the classroom to the slammer.