Ridiculous, but not wholly unexpected. That a teacher could be fired for supporting their student's creativity is repulsive. That a parent would be instructed to destroy her child's artwork is repugnant. That this is happening in America, land of the free and home of the brave, is so wildly disappointing. It saddens me, but oddly, it's also not unexepected. Our current climate of rabid flag waving where any criticism is seen as "being unAmerican" encourages this sort of treatment of dissidence. Somehow, I picture Joe McCarthy applauding in his grave, and all of Joe's victims crying out "Not again!" Isn't this free speech thing supposed to be what makes us better than anywhere else on Earth? Why are we so darned willing to give it up everytime we're just a little scared that someone else might try to take it from us?