The front page of the Metro section Nov. 18 contained an article by Kent Jenkins Jr. that summarized an Alexandria City Council hearing, attended by more than 400 people, on the comprehensive health clinic. Accompanying that article was a photograph of me speaking at the hearing, with the caption: "Student GinaLaSasso: 'Everyone {at T. C. Williams High School} is having sex.' " I was astounded that the quotation ascribed to me was not a direct quotation but was actually words pieced together from different parts of my presentation, distorted by lack of context, and placed with a photo of me taken at a different point in my presentation.

As the student member on the 44-member task force that looked into the health clinic, I attended monthly meetings for more than a year and a half, read numerous documents, sought student input and participated in League of Women Voters debates. I concluded that a comprehensive health clinic would address many of the needs of adolescents in Alexandria.

At the Nov. 17 meeting, I addressed such student problems as drug abuse, eating disorders, depression and widespread sexual activity, which I characterized as not being limited to a few students or to one group of students. Without condoning sexual activity, I indicated that issues such as teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases needed to be addressed directly and immediately. I explained that students would be counseled at the clinic about the physical and emotional risks of sexual activity, but for students who were not to be dissuaded, contraceptives would be provided upon request.

School and city leaders who saw and heard my presentation have been very supportive, as have my fellow students at T. C. Williams. The personal, negative ramifications of The Post's misrepresentation have not been minor, however. There have been unsigned crank letters and several obscene phone calls. I was accosted in Woodies the day after the picture appeared by a well-dressed woman, accompanied by two teen-age daughters, who recognized me from my picture in The Post. This woman called me by name and loudly berated me in front of approximately 50 other shoppers for the statement ascribed to me in the caption.

I realize there are risks and potential consequences when taking a stand on a controversial issue. One of those risks, however, should not be being misquoted by a leading newspaper. I can accept the personal ramifications of The Post's misrepresentation. But I cannot accept the ramifications on other T. C. Williams students and their families. GINA MARIE LaSASSO Alexandria