Students injured by truck at Houston County High School

alopez@macon.comMarch 24, 2014 

WARNER ROBINS -- Leslie Watkins called the Warner Robins Police Department on Wednesday wanting an investigation into how her 15-year-old son sustained injuries at Houston County High School earlier that day.

“He’s in severe pain,” Watkins said Monday.

He looks like a burn victim, with road rash wounds from his shoulders to his thighs, she said.

Monday, Watkins picked up the incident report from her meeting with police and was told there would be no investigation.

“That’s a vehicle that hit a child,” she said. “Surely someone should have something to say about that.”

Her son told police he was pinned under the rear tire of a truck, according to the incident report.

He was part of a group of students involved in a “training activity that involved the team pulling the weight of a truck,” the report stated. Houston County High employee Von Lassiter was behind the wheel of the truck at the time of the incident, and one other student sustained injuries, her son told police.

Police took photographs of his wounds Wednesday, with the report noting deep chunks of skin missing,

Watkins said she wants to know why her son and his classmates were put in danger.

“I don’t remember signing a permission slip for that,” she said.

Every other day she is changing the bandages for her son, who hasn’t been back at school since Wednesday.

“As far as safety, maybe things can be done differently in the future,” Watkins said.

The Houston County school district has no plans to investigate further, change a specific policy or discipline anyone, school Superintendent Robin Hines said by email.

“We support the coaches and administration at Houston County High and have confidence in their ability to run an outstanding school and athletic department,” he said.

Watkins said she is disappointed there will be no investigation.

“I just felt the police would take it a step further,” she said.

To contact writer Andres David Lopez, call 744-4382.

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