tori spelling recalls how teen daughter stella grappled with bullying at school

Tori Spelling Recalls How Teen Daughter Stella Grappled With Bullying At School: ‘It Was So Painful’

Tori Spelling is telling the tale of how her teen daughter bloomed despite being bullied for most of her life.

This past weekend, Spelling shared a few photos from a photoshoot her 13-year-old daughter, Stella Doreen, did with Petite ‘n Pretty for the beauty brand’s back-to-school campaign. In the caption to Instagram, Spelling revealed why the moment was a victory for her, recalling how her child was bullied at school and overcame it with flying colors.

“How Stella got her groove back… thx to @petitenpretty – Her 1st modeling shoot as a teen girl,” Spelling, 48, begins. “Stella is an amazing human. Heart of gold & always leads w/kindness. She’s innovative & creative and full of fire. Which is why as a mom it was so painful to see a young woman’s fire dimmed bc of bullying.”

Spelling, who also shares Liam Aaron, 14, Hattie Margaret, 9½, Finn Davey, 8½, and Beau Dean, 4, with husband Dean McDermott, revealed how Stella was bullied in fifth grade but the “boy that bullied her and other girls & boys wasn’t stopped.” She goes on to reveal how her daughter was bullied by a staff member at their formal school.

“I know i’ve talked bullying before. But, worse than that was the bullying she faced from her own principal,” she writes.

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“With Stella’s bullying came health issues. She developed headaches, stomachaches, panic attacks, & her asthma increased. Emotions can be pretty powerful & manifest into physical ailments. She missed a lot of school due to this. But, what did remain was her drive & passion for baking, cooking, & crafting.”

Spelling went onto reveal that despite the bullying, her passions led her to reach her dreams.

“She wants to open her own bakery one day. … She got her dream of being on @gordongram Master Chef. Except this principal said NO (SHE had to sign to allow her). Why? Bc your kids miss too much school. After all stella had been thru w/the boy this principal refused to expel, she wouldn’t let Stella fulfill a day of her passion? So sad,” says Spelling, who adds that she “begged the principal” to allow them to do the MasterChef opportunity.

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“[The principal] finally said ‘I’ll sign if your family leaves this school next year’. Wtf? My 4 kids had all been there since kindergarten. Stella was graduating next year!” the mom wrote. “I agreed in tears so Stella could do Master Chef. Well, Stella WON!! I had never seen her confidence like I did that day! Her [fire] was back. That’s the lesson we should be teaching! To encourage our kids to find their individual passions & thrive!”

Spelling adds that “sadly, principal followed thru” and Stella “would never graduate with her class. I wish I’d had the strength to challenge them! Taken a note from 90210 ‘Stella McDermott Graduates!’ But, I didn’t. Power and $ won. But, thx to @petitenpretty Stella got her powerful & fulfilling ‘school’ moment! Her confidence now soaring!”

“Your fire is back @stella_mcdermott08 You are a fierce female. So proud of U Buggy!” she concludes.

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