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    Sasha Fleischman talks to reporters, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013.

    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."

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    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.

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    “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.”