Tori Spelling's teenage daughter was bullied so badly she suffered from panic attacks.
The 'Beverly Hills, 90210' star has praised 13-year-old Stella - whom she has with her husband Dean McDermott - for her strength and courage to overcome the physical ailments she experienced as a direct result of the insults she received from a boy at school.
Taking to her Instagram account, the 48-year-old actress uploaded a photograph of Stella modelling for Petite 'n' Pretty and captioned it: "How Stella got her groove back… thx to @petitenpretty
"Her 1st modeling shoot as a teen girl. 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.
"Her bullying started in 5th grade in Encino. Sadly, the boy that bullied her and other girls & boys wasn’t stopped. His parents were on the board. They gave the school a lot of $. Sadly$ won out over the emotional care of the kids. I know i’ve talked bullying before.
"But, worse than that was the bullying she faced from her own principal. 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 alot of school due to this. But, what did remain was her drive & passion for baking, cooking, & crafting. (sic)"
Stella's love for baking and cooking secured her a spot on MasterChef last year but her school principal allegedly told her that she would only sign the consent form if Tori moves her to a different school afterwards.
She explained: "She wants to open her own bakery one day . Stella had lemonade stands & slime biz since she was 8 to save $for this. 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. I begged the principal. She 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! 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! Sadly,principal followed thru. 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! (sic)"