Michelle Trachtenberg Opens Up About Being Bullied As A Child And Thanks Her Teachers On Valentine’s Day

Michelle Trachtenberg is using Valentine’s Day to thank some of her old teachers.

In an Instagram post on Thursday, the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” actress got candid about the bullying she experienced as a child and how grateful she is to the teachers who helped her during the difficult time.

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“Back in my day all the kids had to write a bullshit 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,” she wrote. “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.”

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So. It's valentines week. Back in my day all the kids had to write a bullshit 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. No one gave a thought I was helping my family pay bills. I was just the girl on the tv, it was just that their kid wasn't on tv. 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. 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. 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. So actually my valentines goes to three teachers who protected me and I think about to this day. 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) 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) Thank you to you all. #Grateful for life.

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She continued by listing some of the cruel things that happened to her in the school hallway.

“I still have scars from being thrown down stairs and slammed into lockers head first. 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. So actually my valentines goes to three teachers who protected me and I think about to this day.”

Trachtenberg named the three teachers who allowed her to eat lunch and read in their classrooms so that her fellow students would not throw food at her.

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