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2 teens in Apache Junction charged with assault

APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. -- Pinal County authorities have filed misdemeanor assault charges against two 16-year-old boys in an Apache Junction bullying case.

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 to the Apache Junction Boys and Girls Club.

The Cactus Canyon Junior High student reported the incident to his assistant principal March 6.

The boy also claims the two Apache Junction High bullies beat him up for that.

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

City police 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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