He doesn't want her death to be in vain
Amy Jayne Everett was once the face of Akubar hats. The smiling child was the perfect choice to sell the wide-brimmed hats made for the rural areas of Australia. As Amy — who was lovingly called Dolly by her family — grew older, she was constantly bullied. She was so overwhelmed with negativity that she felt she had no choice but to end her life.
Her father was devastated by the loss of his child, but he doesn’t want her to have died in vain. He bravely said that her bullies are welcome to attend her memorial service.
A Tragic End
Amy Everett of Katherine, Australia was just 14 when he committed suicide early this month (Jan. 3). She was targeted by cyberbullies who pushed her to a tragic end. After some days of silence, her father Tick took to social media to speak his peace on the events of the previous few days.
He wrote on his Facebook that he was grateful for all of the support that his friends and family were showing him, but he really wanted to take this time to talk about how this tragedy is “an example of how social media should be used” and “an example of how it shouldn’t be.” He continued, “If we can help other precious lives from being lost and the suffering of so many, then Doll’s life will not be wasted.”
“I know for some suicide is considered cowerdly 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,” Tick heartbreakingly explained. “However unfortunately Dolly will never know the great pain and emptiness left behind.”
He challenged the people who bullied and joked about the girl to come to her funeral to “witness the complete devastation you have created.” He also asked those who were stronger than the bullies to stop such harassment when they see it. He doesn’t want to see anyone else lose a loved one to bullying.
The funeral will be held on Friday, Jan. 12, and attendees are asked to wear blue, since it was her favorite color.
Tick’s courageous act to ask cyberbullies to see the real-world consequences of their actions has garnered attention from all around the world. Parents and family members found strength in his post and offered their gratitude about his brave words.
Amy’s mother Kate, sister Meg, and Tick explained to Daily Mail Australia that she was the “kindest, caring, beautiful soul.”
They said that they established a trust called Dolly’s Dream that will raise awareness about bullying, depression, and suicide. They’ve asked that those who want to send flowers to the memorial service donate money to the trust instead.
“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,” they said as a group. They truly hope that Amy’s story will inspire others to seek help when they feel like harming themselves or stand up for those that are being harassed and bullied by others.
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