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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.

‘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.”

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*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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  • Heartbreaking !! What are people doing to each other ??

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  • At some primary schools (it may only be private ones). it is compulsory for pupils to have laptops when they reach Year 6 or 7. I feel for parents when they have 2 or more children at school in or higher than that year. Do the teachers check what the pupils do on their computers in school classrooms???.

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  • So sad and raising awareness will create change.

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  • So sad, such a waste of a precious life. As a parent I often despair about knowing exactly what my kids are going through at school. I just hope that our lines of communication are open so this doesn’t happen. It also means as parents, that it is also your responsibility to make sure your kid isn’t the bully.

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  • It’s very heartbreaking to know what Dolly’s family are going through. Why do these kids bully others to the point where they take their own lives. This needs to stop now and the bullies need to face what they have done.

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  • That’s so heartbreaking and I really feel for this family and know what it is like as someone who was bullied through school. If I hadn’t had my faith I may have done something like this girl. Bullying needs to stop.

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  • This story just really breaks my heart. I can’t imagine what Dolly’s family are going through but they have been so strong and united. It really hits home that this can happen to any child… your child.

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  • What a truly heartbreaking story. RIP beautiful Dolly.

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  • Parents must be computer savvy and very aware of what their children are reading on their sites so that this sort of thing can be stopped in its tracks. So very sorry for this young life that has left us far too soon – RIP Dolly and I do hope others will be helped.

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  • So sad !
    You sure need strength to end your own life. It takes courage as well for the family to use her death to make people aware of the damaging effect of bullying, bless them !
    Hope indeed that those who were responsible for Dolly’s death got a glimpse of the pain and devastation it caused.

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  • Bullies are just disgusting. For a child/teen to suicide it has to be very bad :(

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  • Sweet little girl. How much she must have suffered to make such a hard decision. :-(

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  • This is utterly heartbreaking ….. what the poor girl must have gone through to get to such a low point in her short life …. social media and the likes should be about sharing and caring, not belittling people and destroying their lives …… RIP Angel x

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  • So very sad. Kids this age just aren’t mature enough to be let on the internet unsupervised. Parents need to be aware of what their kids are doing online so they can stop their kids bullying others and keep their own kids from being bullied. So glad the internet wasn’t really available yet when I was her age. Being bullied at school was hard enough. Nobody should be expected to cope with it happening 24/7.

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  • How absolutely heart breaking. The family gave invited the bullies to the funeral so they can see the utter devastation they have brought to their family. I bet none of the bullies will go, they’ll be too scared, they’re only tough behind a screen and keyboard. So so sad

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