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Winona Ryder had stitches after boys’ clothes led to high school beating

Winona Ryder had to have stitches after being beaten up in high school for wearing boys’ clothes.
The 46-year-old actress is currently enjoying a hugely successful career streak thanks to the popularity of Netflix show Stranger Things, in which she plays Joyce Byers. But before she found fame in Hollywood, Winona had a tough time growing up.
In a story from Nigel Goodall’s book Winona Ryder: The Biography that has recently resurfaced, Winona recalled one incident when she was targeted by bullies for wearing boys’ clothes and having a boy-ish haircut on her third day of seventh grade at Kenilworth Junior High in Petaluma, California.
“I was wearing an old Salvation Army shop boy’s suit,” she said. “As I went to the bathroom I heard people saying, ‘Hey, f**got (homophobic slur).’ They slammed my head into a locker. I fell to the ground and they started to kick the s**t out of me. I had to have stitches.”
Following the incident, Winona found that she was punished instead of those who had beaten her up, remembering: “The school kicked me out, not the bullies.”
The Beetlejuice star had the last laugh though. After her career began to take off, she ran into one of her bullies in a coffee shop.
“She said, ‘Winona, Winona, can I have your autograph?'” the actress detailed. “And I said, ‘Do you remember me? Remember in seventh grade you beat up that kid?'”
“She said, ‘Kind of.’ And I said, ‘That was me. Go f**k yourself’.”
Winona previously revealed during an interview with Britain’s Marie Claire magazine that being cast as lead character Lydia in 1988 movie Beetlejuice when she was just 17 also gave the bullies more material.
“I remember thinking, ‘Ooh, (Beetlejuice) is like the number-one movie. This is going to make things great at school,’” she said. “But it made things worse. They called me a witch.”

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