Talk to your kids, Dolly’s father advises as hundreds mourn her
THE father of tragic Northern Territory teenager Amy “Dolly” Everett says Australians need to start speaking to their children about bullying and depression.
Tick Everett, with wife Kate and daughter Megan at his side, said the conversation needed to happen before any more young lives were lost.
Dolly died last week after relentless online bullying led her to take her own life weeks before returning to school.
“We’ve got to start talking about it,” Mr Everett said.
“We’ve got to educate the little kids, we’ve got to educate the teachers. Everybody is somebody’s daughter, somebody’s son.”
He said bullying needed to be stopped at an early age, before it got out of control.
“If kids start to get away with it there, it seems to follow them through life,” he said.
“Be honest with your kids, If you can’t connect with them for whatever reason that may be, find someone that can. They’ll always have a mate they’ll always have a little buddy somewhere that knows more than mum and dad.”
Mrs Everett said the outpouring of support since Dolly’s death was how social media should be used.
The family had expected 50–60 people at yesterday’s funeral in Katherine, not the hundreds who turned out.
The tragedy captured worldwide attention after Mr Everett suggested Dolly’s tormentors attend her memorial.
“Please come to our service and witness the complete devastation you have created,” he wrote on Sunday.
Police are investigating whether cyber bullying contributed to her death.
If you or anyone you know needs support, phone Lifeline on 13 11 14, Kids Helpline on
1800 55 1800 or visit Lifeline.org.au
GRIEVING: Tick Everett is supported by family at Casuarina Street Primary School, Katherine after his daughter Dolly’s memorial service. Inset: Dolly in 2009 in a publicity shot for the iconic Akubra hat.