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No charges to be laid for teen set on fire in Whitehorse

The Whitehorse RCMP say the parents of all the teens involved in the incident have agreed it should resolved outside of the courts.

No charges are going to be laid in the case of a Whitehorse teenager whose clothing was set on fire on Monday.

The 13-year-old boy was sprayed with an aerosol and his clothing was lit on fire by other teens at a bus stop in the Porter Creek neighbourhood. He wasn't injured although his hair and eyebrows were singed.

He was able to roll in a snowbank to extinguish the flames.

RCMP Const. Dean Hoogland says the boy's attackers have been identified and the parents of all of the teenagers involved have agreed to keep the case out of the courts and work together through the youth diversion program. 

Hoogland says it wasn't a violent assault and there was no intent to hurt anyone.  He says investigators believe it was more of a prank inspired by videos on You Tube showing children turning a popular deodorant into a flame thrower.

Hoogland says the police believe education instead of punishment will be key in preventing similar incidents.