After sharing a back-to-school photo of their four kids on Instagram, Tori Spelling and her husband were attacked by a pack of wild cyber bullies.
"School officially began today for my 4 older kiddos ..." she wrote, beaming with pride. "This marks the first year that they’ll all be in the same school at the same time. You know what that means? For one year and one year only ONLY 1 drop off= Happy Mom 💁🏼♀️And, Finn started Kindergarten at his new school and felt so proud to be at his big boy school with his older brother and sisters."
Unfortunately, not everyone was as happy with the photo as Spelling, and those who weren’t had no problem speaking their minds.
According to Yahoo Lifestyle, the comments ranged anywhere from hateful to disgusting, including several messages accusing the actress/mother of letting her children become “fat” and “unfit”—calling them "raggedy" and suggesting they all need a makeover.
The bullying didn’t end there. In fact, they criticized everything from their "deadbeat dad" to their "ill-fitting and wrinkled" clothing. One person, as reported by USA Today, even went so far as to mention child services.
"At least do your Daughters hair!" commented another, stating that she [Tori] could have put her son’s hair up in a "man bun."
“Again these are just my opinions,” she added. “I'm not judging these littles at ALL-—but I am judging Tori, she, like MANY have pointed out, does not leave the house unless she's 'put together' even if she's wearing comfy clothes her hair is done. I see none of that in this picture."
Supporters and fans were quick to defend the actress, stating her children look "perfectly happy, healthy, and normal."
But Spelling, clearly upset by the hurtful attack, addressed her abusers directly:
“I am a proud mama bear and I enjoy sharing our family journey with my family, friends, fans, and online supportive and loyal community,” she wrote in a follow-up statement. “And thank you to all the #mamabears out there. We always have each other’s backs! For all the individuals on here that felt the need to #momshame and #kidshame me and my children I say, ‘Shame on you!’
"I was raised to believe that if you can’t say anything nice about someone then don’t say anything at all. The judgment here should be on your manners. Empowerment goes both ways. Lift others up and you in turn lift yourself up.”
So far, the photo has received over 3,500 comments, most of which prove the commenters agree with Spelling: Kids will be kids, no matter who their mother is, and the first day of school is no exception.