Talk to your kids, Dolly’s fa­ther ad­vises as hun­dreds mourn her

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NEWS -

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

PHO­TOS: MICHAEL FRANCHI & AKUBRA HATS

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.

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