Kenneth Clements Sues School Newspaper for "STD Boy" Picture
Former Ronald W. Reagan High School student Kenny Clements is suing the school newspaper, The Reagan Advocate, for using his photograph in an article about sexually transmitted diseases.
Kenny Clements filed a lawsuit last week against Ronald W. Reagan/Doral High School claiming that his face was used illustrate a February 2011 article on STDs in the school newspaper, The Reagan Advocate. The title of the article was "Teens Stay Quiet About STD's". In the photo of Kenny, there was an "X" over his mouth.
Clements was a senior in February 2011, and has since graduated from the school. He says he was not interviewed about the article and did not give the school permission to use his photos. The complaint also states that the newspapers are given to the Principal of the school, Jacques Bentolila before publication.
Clements has hired attorney Harry Shevin to represent him. Shevin doesn't know why someone would use his photo, but says that bullying could be a possibility. Clements does not have any form of STD, although the photo implies that he is "keeping quiet" about his alleged STD with the photoshopped "x" over his mouth.
The Advocate website lists Lourdes Montiel as the newspaper sponsor. Unfortunately, previous newspapers are not available Although there are broken links to previous archives, the February 2011 issue isn't listed.
Kenneth Clements is seeking damages for defamation.