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A Nashville family is suing Cox Media and other defendants after they posted altered images of their son with Down syndrome with descriptions that read "Retarded News" and other "offensive" mischaracterizations.

Pamela and Bernard Holland are parents of Adam, who was diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth. The suit, filed with the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, claims the the Hollands were shocked to learn that an image of Adam taken in July 2004, when he was 17, was used for commercial use with "defamatory" descriptions, the Hollands' lawsuit states.

Pamela Holland declined to comment to ABC News on the suit.

In the original photo, Adam is holding a sketch he created while attending an art class at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center in Nashville. But a radio station in Tampa, Fla., that is owned by Cox Media Group, WHTP-FM, used the image on its website in which Adam holds a sign that reads "Retarded News."

The lawsuit does not describe how the radio station obtained the image.

Last summer, the group "Spread the Word to End the Word," which campaigns to end the use of the word "retard" to describe people with mental disabilities, contacted the radio station about the photo.

The program director of the radio station wrote an e-mail to the campaign, apologizing for the use of the photo by "The Cowhead Show."

"The segment 'Retarded News' is designed to highlight odd stories that are seemingly always in the news," according to the email that was included in the court papers.

"These stories are NOT about disabled individuals. However, in our investigation, we noted the picture that he was using did denote a person with Down syndrome," the program director wrote.

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"The segment 'Retarded News' is designed to highlight odd stories that are seemingly always in the news," according to the email that was included in the court papers.

"These stories are NOT about disabled individuals. However, in our investigation, we noted the picture that he was using did denote a person with Down syndrome," the program director wrote.

I call him out on that one as to me it clearly infers the same meaning......purely ludicrous excuse

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That's just retarded!

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valid grounds for a law suit imho

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I'm confused, title says the kid is autistic, yet the article says down syndrome. These are two TOTALLY different conditions.

If the excuse is true, then whoever wrote this article for abc/yahoo should be in retarded news for not knowing the difference between autism and downs.

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There is so much wrong with this on so many levels. What is wrong with people?

If the excuse is true, then whoever wrote this article for abc/yahoo should be in retarded news for not knowing the difference between autism and downs.

How the hell did this make it past an editor with that bad of a mistake in the title?

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There is so much wrong with this on so many levels. What is wrong with people?

How the hell did this make it past an editor with that bad of a mistake in the title?

after being protested the abc & yahoo quickly modify the title.

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Is it just me or can I see that photo being turned into a meme with a different person changing what that paper he is holding up says.

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Is it just me or can I see that photo being turned into a meme with a different person changing what that paper he is holding up says.

My feelings? Yes, it's terribly tasteless, but also terribly naive of the parents to not assume this would happen. It takes 2 existing meme's ("Count to potato" and "insert text onto holding sign"). 4chaneriffic :(

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My feelings? Yes, it's terribly tasteless, but also terribly naive of the parents to not assume this would happen. It takes 2 existing meme's ("Count to potato" and "insert text onto holding sign"). 4chaneriffic :(

HA! That was great.

On another note, because they sued and made this a big deal, isn't his being seen more than if they hadn't sued?

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Wow. That is really disgusting. I just can't believe someone would even think something like this is acceptable.

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:huh:

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I just can't believe someone would even think something like this is acceptable.

Then you are as naive as the parents.

Please, don't take me as cold or out of context. I'm not saying what they did was right. I am saying "I can fully believe this happened and wouldn't have posted the photo in the first place, I've been to 4chan and I know how low the Internet can stoop"

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Yeah, the world is a retarded place where you will find people that think this is okay or will try to justify it.They should be ashamed of themselves but they are probably too retarded to care.

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Then you are as naive as the parents.

Please, don't take me as cold or out of context. I'm not saying what they did was right. I am saying "I can fully believe this happened and wouldn't have posted the photo in the first place, I've been to 4chan and I know how low the Internet can stoop"

Yes, but this is not about someone on 4chan, it's about a commercial radio station using their son as advertising. Big difference

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Yes, but this is not about someone on 4chan, it's about a commercial radio station using their son as advertising. Big difference

Not really. Not anymore.

Where 4chan goes, the rest of the web follows. Also, by "4chan" I mean that site and those of it's ilk.

Lolcats used in adverts, lip-syncing animals, and so on. Companies want "internet marketing gurus" who "have their finger on the pulse". They want to be "cutting edge". Unfortunately that translates into "rip-off 4chan".

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Not really. Not anymore.

Where 4chan goes, the rest of the web follows. Also, by "4chan" I mean that site and those of it's ilk.

Lolcats used in adverts, lip-syncing animals, and so on. Companies want "internet marketing gurus" who "have their finger on the pulse". They want to be "cutting edge". Unfortunately that translates into "rip-off 4chan".

Might make for a good case where it will be illegal to use images like this in the future for any advertising. including handicaps, catz, or what ever meme pops up.

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trying to stop people using the word retard or retarded is just.... retarded .... its a scientific term stating ones mental abilities/intelligence. below 72IQ and you are mentally retarded (may need correction on the number) .....just because this kid is autistic does not mean he is retarded, i am autistic and I have an IQ only a few points below genius

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