Rally Held for Victim of Alleged Assault

By KBJR News 1

May 28, 2012 Updated Nov 9, 2013 at 12:36 PM CDT

Proctor, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - About one hundred people gathered in Proctor to support a 21-year-old Duluth man who was allegedly assaulted over the weekend during a graduation party.

Organizers of the event say they are holding this rally to bring awareness to bullying and to support Max Pelofske, the victim of the supposed assault.

The incident happened late Saturday at a gravel pit in New Independence Township. The apparent victim was treated and released from the hospital. Two people were taken into custody.

Pelofske's Mother, Kathy Callahan says he was a target and her son is stunned from the incident.

"Absolutely yes he thinks it was a hate crime, they did this because he was gay...Max is really shaken up. He's going to be OK physically but mentally, not really good right now."

The St. Louis County Sheriffs Department has not called this a hate crime. The investigation is still ongoing but the people representing this rally say it's not really about the crime; it's about raising awareness with a problem in the public school system.

Jesse Campbell, an organizer of the event feels while more emphasis on the real affects of bullying needs to come from a variety of sources, our schools take priority.

"The schools are a key part. The kids spend most of their waking hours through nine months of the year in a school environment and I think we have teachers and administrators advocating for our kids that leaves a big gap." said Campbell.

Pelofske's Mother feels the same, but says parents also need to teach tolerance at an early age.

"I mean that's your child, you don't want anyone to do that to your child."

The rally in Proctor attracted 100 participants, all wanting less violence and more love for generations to come.

Zach Vavricka

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