Letter: Depot youth center program director apologizes for choice of program partner

To the Editor:

I am writing to you in hopes of clearing something up and hopefully people will read this.
At no time did The Depot Youth Center intend to suggest that we are promoting the use of Plan B Emergency Contraceptive by presenting a discussion on it.
I, Janice Marzano, take full responsibility though for attempting to educate high school students on this subject. When it is brought to my attention that young women, as young as eighth graders, are buying this over the counter drug and misusing it (sometimes two, three times a month), yes, I am going to do something about it.
Was including Planned Parenthood in the discussion a smart move? Obviously not by the intimidating (and sometimes threatening) phone calls I have received. I truly had no idea how hated Planned Parenthood is and how many people do not see the education they provide.
I made a mistake — me, no one else. I  own it. I’m sorry.
As program director for the last 17 years at The Depot, I would never do anything to jeopardize the job that I love.
Right now, as I write this I am actually crying, — yes, me. Crying.
I am truly sorry for offending the people I did, but refuse to apologize for trying to educate these young women. This is a serious matter, and only hope that people will listen. We have retracted all dates on our calendar with Planned Parenthood; but as Director of the Youth Service Bureau, and The Depot, I will not stop educating the kids.

Janice Marzano

Depot program director