On his "Daddy Issues" podcast Monday, McDermott said son Liam, 12, and daughter, Stella, 11, endured horrific incidents at school that left both of them sick.
"First, it was Stella. The things that this kid said to her were beyond. He called her the 'C' word, he made references about how much sex she has. … This kid made reference to plastic surgery that my wife hasn't had and it being bad," McDermott said.
"Where does an 11-year-old come up with that? The school, they did the right thing. This kid was removed after they talked to (him) and then he turned around and did it again to Stella."
McDermott said the encounters shook Stella.
She had "PTSD and associated the school with something terrible happening," McDermott said, adding she had to enroll in a new school. "It's really messing with her emotionally. … All these hormones are going crazy with her body and then this happens."
McDermott also said Liam, who is the oldest of the five children he shares with Spelling, has had his own bouts of being bullied for his weight and what he wore.
"They would hit him. He stuck it out for the longest time," McDermott said. "Liam's very stoic and he just kept it to himself."
School officially began today for my 4 older kiddos... 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. #ThisIsFourInElementarySchool #SixthGrade #FifthGrade #FirstGrade #Kindergarten #Liam #Stella ##Hattie #Finn
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"You want to grab (the bullies), especially me, (because) I'm a hothead," he said. "I want to shake these little f------, grab them by the scruff of their necks and tell them, 'You're messing with a really nice kid. Leave him alone.'"
McDermott said Liam had "headaches and stomach issues" and wound up leaving the school. He and his sister are now together in the same new school.
My two 1st born... they have been thru so much bullying I can no longer not share and express ourselves - Stella is 11. She was 1 in this pic. Innocent little being that only knew unconditional love, honesty, exploration, & kindness. Her beautiful heart, full of hope. Between her last year at her elementary school or the 1st year at her middle school this human has endured enough bullying for a lifetime. Her old school in Encino, we were told she is acting like “ Patient zero” and “she’s playing the victim” & “ we are talking to the parents of that said bully” and “he is trying to change”. He never did! Never any consequences for his actions towards my daughter and other kids. This child’s parents are on the board of the school. They give a lot of money to this school. Financially, we aren’t able too. So, they won. We then moved kiddos to another school. One, that professed feelings and kindness as a priority. This time, my daughter was bullied so bad ( including comments about her weight and sexual things he said that my daughter didn’t even know about.). This school did the right thing and expelled the boy but the damage had been done. She now associates her education with boys that have been so horrific to her. She wanted to empower others girls and be a business leader. She now has panic attacks and doesn’t want to return to school. This girl, 2 years ago told me she wanted to be President or work to empower women daily. - Liam, my 1st born, is a fiesty funny guy. 2 thumbs up in this pic at 2 years old. He graduated last year from Encino but not without the principal telling us he was “ unmotivated “ & lazy. Poor guy thought from way he was treated by her that he was “stupid”. Beyond not the case. He is a hilarious, smart, outgoing, and a creative kind guy! Then, he started his new middle school. Same school as Stella. He was bullied to the point that he developed severe emotional based headaches and stomach aches. This school ( who did help with Stella’s situation) did not help with Liams. He continued to be bullied so bad we had to leave. Was hesitant to post this bc as celebs we are sometimes judged for having problems others have 😢#worriedmomma
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McDermott's comments come on the heels of a long Instagram post by Spelling, in which she opened up about Stella and Liam's experiences.
"My two 1st born... they have been thru so much bullying I can no longer not share and express ourselves," she wrote alongside a picture of them as babies.
The couple has been vocal about anyone who has come down on their kids.
I’VE HAD ENOUGH!! This is news worthy?? Leave my wife @torispelling alone already!! It’s a post about a snack!! A Snack!! Do you not give your kids snacks?? What’s wrong with people?? #backoff #thisisnews? #stopsocialbullying #stopbullying #peopleinglasshousesshouldntthrowstones #hypocrites #imfurious
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Spelling spoke out last September when someone on social media questioned her decision to let her daughters color their hair. She fired back a month later for a similar incident involving daughter Hattie.
In January of last year, McDermott couldn't contain his rage when commenters picked on his kids' bodies.
"I am absolutely horrified and disgusted by the comments being left about my children," he replied to a comment on Instagram. "Body shaming and bullying my children??!! What is wrong with you people??!!"
In 2018, Spelling put her foot down with negative comments made by others.
"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 on Instagram. "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!'"
Spelling has said bullying has taken a toll on her and her family.
"I have dealt with it forever, but when they say things about your kids, you're just like … 'What?' Everyone is so anti-bullying these days, but it feels like lately with celebrities, that doesn't apply," she told Us Weekly last year. "You can say whatever you want about celebrities and their kids, their family, but you can't say it anywhere else in any other profession."