Sasha Fleischman’s Alleged Attacker in Court

By NBC Bay Area Staff
|  Friday, Jan 10, 2014  |  Updated 5:47 PM PDT
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Sasha Fleischman talks to reporters, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013.

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Sasha Fleischman Weighs Future as "Agender" Activist

Now that Sasha Fleischman is home from the hospital, some people in the gender-questioning community are wondering if the 18-year-old whose skirt was lit on fire will become a spokesperson for “agender” people near and far. Jodi Hernandez reports.
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The legal wrangling continues. Should a 16-year-old boy accused of lighting another teenager on fire be tried as a juvenile or an adult?

The suspect accused of committing a hate-crime by setting fire to the skirt worn by 18-year-old Sasha Fleischman appeared in court Friday, but the hearing was continued until next week.

Fleischman identifies as "agender," meaning that the teen -- born with the name Luke -- does not identify as either male or female and prefers to be referred to in the plural, such as "they."

The incident happened Nov. 4 aboard an AC Transit bus.

Fleischman suffered second- and third-degree burns in the attack.

In an interview last month, Fleischman told NBC Bay Area he’s not sure the 16-year-old should be charged as an adult.

“You should really know better than to light someone's skirt on fire,” Fleischman said. “You should be able to realize this is not some funny prank. But I don't want to be too harsh. People do dumb things, especially when they are teenagers.”

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