Tori Spelling’s daughter graduates despite teachers thinking she wouldn’t: ‘Proved them wrong’

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Tori Spelling's daughter graduates despite teachers thinking she wouldn't: 'Proved them wrong'

Tori Spelling attends 102.7 KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball 2021 Presented By Capital One at The Forum on December 03, 2021 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/WireImage); https://www.instagram.com/p/Cek0RnIOP5J/ torispelling Verified Stella McDermott Graduates!! – My girl graduated from middle school today. Bittersweet. So proud of how hard she’s struggled to navigate between bullying, COVID, adversity, migraines, severe anxiety and unfortunately teachers and counselors who didn’t think she could make it to graduation in time to graduate…she has them proved the opposite! So more than proud, but I still look up and see my tiny little buggy running around. You have such drive and such a kind spirit! You can do absolutely anything you want to do! I love you @stella_mcdermott08 with all my heart and soul bff. #donnamartingraduates #likemotherlikedaughter Edited · 5h

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Tori Spelling’s daughter Stella McDermott is a middle school graduate, a major accomplishment in more ways than one, says the actress.

On Tuesday, 49-year-old Beverly Hills, 90210 Alum celebrated the moment with a heartfelt Instagram post.

“Stella McDermott Graduates!!” Spelling wrote a nod to her alongside a photo of 14-year-old Stella 90210 Character Donna Martin, whose friends “Donna Martin Graduates!” while protesting school officials barring Donna from graduating for drinking during prom.

Commemorating the “bittersweet” milestone, Spelling said the teen graduated despite all the obstacles she encountered along the way.

“So proud of how hard she’s struggled to navigate between bullying, COVID, adversity, migraines, severe anxiety and sadly teachers and counselors who didn’t think she could make it all through to graduating in time to graduate…her.” proved them wrong!” spelling added. “So incredibly proud but I still look up and see my tiny little buggy running around.”

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The star – who also shares Liam Aaron, 15, Hattie Margaret, 10, Finn Davey, 9, and Beau Dean, 5, with husband Dean McDermott – hailed Stella’s “drive” and “kind spirit” and told her: “You can do it do absolutely anything you want to do! love you @stella_mcdermott08 with all my heart and soul bff.
#donnamartingraduates #likemotherlikedaughter”

In July, Spelling opened up about Stella’s “painful” experience of bullying and panic attacks. Spelling shared images from a photoshoot Stella did with Petite ‘n Pretty for the beauty brand’s back-to-school campaign. In the Instagram caption, Spelling explained why the moment was a triumph, recalling how her child felt bullied at school and eventually overcame the situation.

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“How Stella got her groove back…thanks to @petitenpretty – her first model shoot as a teenager,” Spelling began. “Stella is an amazing person. Heart of gold and always friendly. She is innovative and creative and full of fire. That’s why it was so painful for me as a mother to see a young woman’s fire dimmed by bullying.”

She shared that Stella was bullied in fifth grade, but “the boy who bullied her and other girls and boys wasn’t stopped,” adding that they even felt bullied by a staff member at their school.

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She spoke about Stella’s dreams of one day opening her bakery and shared that Stella had the opportunity to compete master chefHowever, Stella’s then-principal refused to sign a required release letter “because your kids are missing too much school.”

Spelling said after “please[ging]’ the principal changed her mind on one condition: that Stella and Spelling’s other children leave the school they had attended since kindergarten the following year.

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“I tearfully agreed so Stella could become a master chef. Well, Stella WON!! I had never seen her confidence like that day! she [fire] was back. This is the lesson we should teach! To encourage our children to find and thrive in their individual passions!” Spelling recalled.

She added that “sadly the principal pulled through” and that Stella “would never graduate with her class. I wish I had the power to challenge her!” A note from 90210 “Stella McDermott Graduates!” But I didn’t. Power and $ won. But thanks to @petitenpretty Stella got her powerful and fulfilling ‘school moment’! Your confidence is increasing now!”

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