Pow­er­ful mes­sage

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS - BEN GRA­HAM

WHEN a happy Ter­ri­tory girl who loved but­ter­flies and books took her life ear­lier this year, it sent shock­waves through Aus­tralia.

Now, in an in­cred­i­ble new in­ter­view with Amy Jayne Everett’s par­ents, they re­veal what made their daugh­ter tick, what she loved do­ing and how she could have grown up to be any­thing she wanted to be.

Af­fec­tion­ately known as Dolly, the 14-year-old from a farm near Kather­ine took her own life in Jan­uary af­ter be­ing re­lent­lessly tor­mented by on­line bul­lies. It rocked the tightknit com­mu­nity and sparked a na­tion­wide de­bate about cy­ber­bul­ly­ing and bul­ly­ing in our schools.

Her par­ents Tick and Kate have re­vealed what their lives were like be­fore that dev­as­tat­ing day in Jan­uary and how con­tent their daugh­ter seemed liv­ing at their cat­tle ranch.

“She had so much to live for,” Mrs Everett told A Cur­rent Af­fair.

“I wish she could see her­self through my eyes and not through the eyes of the peo­ple who made her feel like that.

“In my eyes she was this gor­geous, amaz­ingly funny and tal­ented girl that had so much to live for and could have been any­thing she wanted to be.”

The grieving par­ents have been vo­cal in try­ing to raise aware­ness around cy­ber­bul­ly­ing since Dolly’s death.

Be­fore she died, Dolly A younger Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett sketched a pic­ture of a young woman do­ing a bend back be­neath the words: “Stand up, speak even if your voice shakes.”

“This pow­er­ful mes­sage tells the dark, scary place our beau­ti­ful an­gel had trav­elled to,” the fam­ily said in a state­ment shortly af­ter her death.

“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.

“Stop Bul­ly­ing, Be Kind, Do It For Dolly.”

Dolly’s death has led to sus­tained calls from con­cerned par­ents across Aus­tralia to tackle the issue of bul­ly­ing in the na­tion’s schools and on­line. Par­ents have also been shar­ing the heart­break­ing sto­ries of what their chil­dren have been go­ing through.

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