The heartbroken family of a 14-year-old girl who took her own life after suffering cyber bullying are determined not to let her life “be wasted”.
“Dolly” Amy Jayne Everett’s family will start a trust in their daughters honour to raise awareness about bullying and youth suicide after the 14-year-old NT teen took her own life.
Dolly, who was the former face of Akubra Hats, has been remembered by her family as the “kindest, caring, beautiful soul.”
Her family hopes that by raising awareness they can spare another family the same heartache they are suffering, shares 9 news.
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‘Dolly’s Dream’, will raise awareness about the real-life consequences of online harassment.
The Everett’s are encouraging people to get behind the hashtags #stopbullyingnow and #doitforDolly.
“Firstly, we would like to thank the whole community for the overwhelming response we have received since our world came crashing down around us when our beautiful Dolly left our family. May we please ask for some time to celebrate the life of our much-loved daughter Dolly,” a family statement said.
“Out of all the sadness that the loss of our daughter has brought to our lives, we feel that through losing Dolly we would like to help other families by making an awareness of bullying and harassment that some people are sadly subject to.”
“Before Dolly died, she completed a drawing and wrote the words, ‘stand up, speak even if your voice shakes’. This powerful message tells the dark, scary place our beautiful angel had travelled to.
“We are not concerned with the who or the why of who pushed our daughter to this point, we just want to save another family going through the sadness and tragedy that our family is experiencing.”
Her father also shared on Facebook, “I know for some suicide is considered cowardly but I guarantee those people wouldn’t have half the strength that my precious little angel had, Doll had the strength to do what she thought she had to do to escape the evil in this world,” he wrote.
“However, unfortunately, Dolly will never know the great pain and emptiness left behind.
“If we can help other precious lives from being lost and the suffering of so many, then Doll’s life will not be wasted.”
Tick has also urged the online “trolls” responsible for his daughters death to attend Dolly’s funeral and witness the devastation they have caused.
Writing on Facebook, Tick said, “If by some chance the people who thought this was a joke and made themselves feel superior by the constant bullying and harassment see this post, please come to our service and witness the complete devastation you have created.”
*Readers in need of support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467.
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