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Updated Mar 21, 2013 - 2:31 pm

Apache Junction bullying case now in county hands

APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. — Pinal County authorities will decide whether to
file charges against two Apache Junction high school students accused of
bullying a junior high student.

The 13-year-old victim claims he was burned when the bullies used lighters to
heat up erasers and touch him on the arms and neck while riding on a school bus.

The Cactus Canyon Junior High student reported the incident to his assistant
principal March 7.

The boy also claims the bullies beat him up after he reported the burning
incident.

Apache Junction Unified School District officials say the two students were
disciplined, but won’t say what the punishment was.

City police say they have handed the case over to Pinal County’s juvenile
prosecutor.

The Associated Press generally doesn’t identify juvenile victims or juvenile
suspects in alleged crimes.

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