Friday, 7 September 2018

The 14-year-old commits suicide - then dad teaches bullies an important lesson at the funeral

A young girl called Amy Everett took her own life when she was only 14 years old after suffering several years of bullying and harassment. Then her dad invited the bullies to her funeral for a special reason.

Amy "Dolly" Everett, unfortunately, suffered a tragic fate after she had been subjected to years of bullying and harassment.

When Amy was six years old she received a modeling contract that changed her life forever, she became the face for a company in Australia that sold the iconic Australian Akubra hats. Her pictures appeared throughout the country.

But unfortunately, the fame brought her more evil than good, and she had to endure what no one should have to - especially not as a child.

And at the age of 14, Amy felt she had no choice but to take her own life.

Amy was subjected to brutal bullying, and because the mockery and harassment happened online, it was difficult for the adults around her to know what was going on.

Amy, a happy and thoughtful girl, quickly turned into an anxious and introverted teenager. She didn't talk to anyone, and eventually she dropped out of school.

She received messages from boys calling her a "slut" and a "bitch" even at her  young age, her mother Kate told News

“I don’t know whether 12 year olds even know what that means, they shouldn’t. I used to tell her: ‘It will get better, you’ll fit in. Everybody’s trying to fit in and they’re just working out their pecking order. Try not to be mean,’" says the mother.

Over time, Amy became increasingly isolated, and since she lived in the countryside, the cyberbullying got worse.

On January 3rd, 2018, Amy committed suicide to "escape the evil of the world", as she told her dad.

Her parents describe that night as the world's longest night, and the hours have never felt as long as they did when they held their lifeless daughter in their arms while waiting for an ambulance to come.

Just a few days after the daughter's suicide, her father wrote a long and emotional message about her daughter, also called "Dolly", on Facebook.

In his message, he thanked everyone for all the support his family had received during the difficult times, and also addressed the bullies that pushed her to do what she thought was the only way out.

"This week has been an example of how social media should be used, it has also been an example of how it shouldn't be. If we can help other precious lives from being lost and the suffering of so many, then Doll's life will not be wasted."

He then continued the message with:

"Firstly 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."

Then he urges "the strong ones" to never let the bullies win and to help each other out to put an end to bullying once and for all.

Even companies have launched a campaign using Dolly's story to help spread awareness about bullying.

Now, Amy's family has started a foundation in her name called "Dolly's Dream" hoping to contribute to positive changes. And tributes have poured in from people all over the world.

No child should have to go through what Amy was exposed to, and above all, no child should feel that the only way out is to take their own life.

Help spread Dolly's wish for a better world so that we can put an end to this devastating bullying once and for all.

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