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Injured Houston teen treated at Augusta burn unit
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A Houston County High School student who said he was run over by his coach's truck during a truck-pulling exercise is now getting skin grafts at the Augusta burn center, according to his mother.

On Monday Leslie Watkins told 13WMAZ that her son Marcus Watkins, has gone to the burn center three times since the March 19th accident.

"Since student information is confidential we may not comment about a specific student. We are in close communication with the parent, Miss Watkins," said Beth McLaughlin, school spokeswoman.

Starting this week, Watkins said her son will get checked once a week until the grafts heal and will have therapy on the skin thereafter.

The 15-year-old also pulled his groin during the accident, and his mother said he will start therapy for that Tuesday.

Watkins said she has not officially heard from the school regarding the circumstances, and has not received the truck's license or insurance number.

However, Watkins said Coach Von Lassiter has been reaching out daily for updates on Marcus.

She also said Principal Michelle Masters called to check on him Monday.

Family and friends have been helping to pay for trips back and forth to Augusta, which she said has gotten expensive.

Marcus has not been in school since the accident, and his mother is planning on enrolling in Hospital Homebound, a program where kids can still learn even though they can't go to school.

A Warner Robins police officer's report says Watkins suffered "severe road rash" to his left shoulder, elbow, thigh, side and buttocks and lost "chunks of skin" in some spots.

The officer wrote, "The majority of Marcus's injuries were bandaged up, yet I could see partial areas where the top layers of skin were completely gone and I could see raw flesh in some areas where chunks of skin were taken off at a much deeper level."

The officer took photos of his injuries, the report says, and Leslie Watkins took her son to a hospital for treatment.

After the incident , McLaughlin told 13WMAZ she spoke with Houston County High School Principal Michelle Masters who said a student fell and scraped his skin. She said, unfortunately a child hurt his leg or knee, but she had no additional information about the accident.

On March 23, Superintendent Robin Hines told 13WMAZ that "no students got run over."


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