Last week, I had my students (voluntarily, mind you) write thank you/happy holiday cards to the soldiers. I made it worth extra-credit (one homework pass) and "good karma for the soul." Since I was running this in my classroom with my supplies, I asked my department head for permission. She agreed as long as I didn't make the cards religion-oriented. Today, I had a parent come up to school and basically scream at me. This parent emailed me over the weekend and I didn't respond till this morning (when I read it). Well, she stormed up to school when I was teaching, waited till I was done, then met with me on my lunch break (against protocol, by the way). I said I would only feel comfortable doing the meeting with my assistant principal (I could sense she was riled up). The AP I'm "assigned" to was in a conference so I went to a different one. Well, in the meeting, I was ripped apart and the AP stood by allowing it. I'm not annoyed with my AP, I knew it'd be that way going in. I'm annoyed in that she demanded I formally apologize to my students, their parents via writing, and return the letters to the students. I have not sent the letters yet. Her argument is that her family is against "Bush's war to make the rich richer" and I'm not considering those that don't support the war when I do what I did. My administrator said I was wrong by making it worth extra-credit. He's calling for me to do what she told me to do. I, losing my patience at this point, said not before I speak to the principal. Well, that statement went over well... (my principal served in the Persian Gulf War) I'm waiting to talk to my principal tomorrow, but I'm at a loss. What on earth should I do? I have over 130 letters and I don't want to give them back just because some mom thought she'd make something nice into a political scene.