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Vegas teens admit to roles in bully video

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Two Las Vegas boys seen hitting a special needs student in a YouTube video admitted to their roles in the viral clip.

A Clark County Juvenile Court judge Wednesday ordered the brothers, ages 13 and 15, to remain in custody.

The boys appeared in court with legal counsel for a hearing connected to the incident that was recorded and posted on the internet last week.

In admitting to the battery, the older of the two brothers said, "[You] already got evidence so what's the point. No point fighting against it."

His lawyer contended ongoing problems in the neighborhood where the incident took place. The attorney also said his client is in a gang but wanted to get out of it.

In response, prosecutors said the incident was "not a spontaneous event in the playground."

The younger of the two brothers also admitted to the incident but was crying in court. He claimed he only slapped the victim with an open hand and not a fist.

In requesting the boy's release, the 13-year-old's attorney said he was egged on by the older boys to fight.

The judge, though, ordered both brothers to remain in custody, with time needed to review the video clip and take a statement from the victim.

The judge expressed concerned for the boys' family unit and environment at home. The judge also ordered psychiatric evaluations for the two teens.

Wednesday's hearing also revealed that the older brother was on probation at the time of the incident for destruction of property.

The video, which depicted the teens punching a boy identified as "Greg", was posted on YouTube and was seen at least 50,000 times before being taken offline.

Clark County School District police said one of the brothers attends Roy Martin Middle School.

Authorities were also looking into two other boys' involvement in the video. A parent for those two boys said the teens were present during the attack.

Stay tuned to FOX5 for the latest on this developing story.

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