OK, I can take take it. After all, I am a seasoned professional. It's all part of a collaborative editorial process.
OK, no I can't.
She asked me to "tone it down," change a few things.
Me: "Sure! but tell me more--do you mean simplify the overall writing level for the students or is there something specific you want me to change?"
Principal R: "How about taking out the part about Sam getting 'cracked across the knuckles with a ruler' and how Joey said 'God is old and stupid.' We don't want anyone to get any ideas."