Sharing candid details about her childhood trauma in a lengthy post, the former ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ actress advises victims of bullying to not put their value in someone else.
AceShowbiz –Michelle Trachtenberg has dedicated a Valentine’s Day post to her teachers. On Thursday, February 13, a day before the actual celebration, the former “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star shared a lengthy post in which she opened up about her experience of being a bullying victim in school and how her teachers helped her deal with it.
“So actually my valentines goes to three teachers who protected me and I think about to this day,” Trachtenberg credited the significant figures in her life. The 34-year-old actress went on naming those teachers and how they helped her. “Mrs. Vollman (she let me eat lunch in her classroom so the kids wouldn’t throw out my food or throw their food at me),” she said.
She continued to mention the rest of the teachers, “Mrs. Lighter (who helped me love learning and let me read books in her classroom), Mr. Beckman (he saw I was a writer and challenged me, as a former college professor and wanted to see my writing succeed).” She added that she feels grateful and thankful for them.
Of what kind of bullying that she endured in school, Trachtenberg detailed, “Back in my day all the kids had to write a bulls**t Valentine’s Day card to everyone in the class. I never got one on purpose, everyone got a valentine card. No one ever gave me one and they thought I didn’t need the attention. The kids and staff all laughed and thought everyone else should get one, being an actress since I was 3, apparently I didn’t need one.”
She went on recalling how bad her bullying was back then as she said, “The kids were cruel. There is no need to harp on the past. But I still have scars from being thrown down stairs and slammed into lockers head first.”
Needless to say, Trachtenberg did not recall having good friends at school, but some of her old school friends have over time claimed that they were “best friends.” Disagreeing with them, she remarked, “This is challenging for me to post as people always contact me on social media saying oh my brother my sister went to school with you, you were best friends! False.”
She also used the opportunity to share some advice to other bullying victims. “I write this to every child, teen, person, out there who is bullied. You are something. Do not put your value in someone else. Not letting them win, is your win,” she stressed.
Trachtenberg already spoke up about her experience with bullying back in 2012. During an interview on “E! Investigates: Bullying”, she claimed she was humiliated by 150 kids at the front yard during a party for her 8th grade graduation. She said she was bullied because her school friends knew she was an actress.
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