Bullying is an unfortunate global phenomenon that needs to be stopped. Now, with the universality of the social media, countless children suffer from depression and take away their lives because they are victims of cyber bullying.
One such kid is a 14-year-old girl, Amy Everett, who took her own life to escape her cyber bullies. She was also known as Dolly.
Her father, Tick Everett, posted a heartbreaking message four days after the death of his little girl. He took to Facebook to thank everyone for their kind words and best wishes, and also apologized that he couldn’t respond to each one of them individually.
He wrote, “Well, where do I start, I would like to thank everybody for their kind and supportive words over the last few days it is truly amazing. I also apologize that there are so many kind words that I have not yet replied to, so instead of wearing out another screen or keyboard I would like to offer my thanks in one big message.”
He further went on to address his daughter’s tragic death and the painful repercussions cyber bullying can have.
“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.
I know for some suicide is considered cowardly 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.”
The distraught man also invited his precious daughter’s bullies to the funeral to witness the damage that they had caused.
“Dolly will never know the great pain and emptiness left behind. In saying this I have a couple of challenges, 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.”
He is also going to make sure that his daughter’s death will not be in vain. He is starting an anti-bullying campaign so no one in the future ever has to take away their own life to escape the trauma of cyber bullying.
“The second is for the strong ones, let’s stop the bullies no matter where, but especially in our kids, as the old saying goes: You will never know what you have until it’s gone.”
People on Twitter also showed support for the campaign and mourned the loss of the young soul.
One supporter tweeted, “#DollyEverett took her life because she was relentlessly bullied, NOT because she had mental health issues. Don’t victim blame. RIP #Dolly you dear sweet child. I am so sorry this happened to you.”
Another one tweeted, “#stopbullyingnow #doitfordolly When will it stop? Bullying someone is just not right. If you are a bully, make a promise that you will never bully anyone. Do it for Akubra ‘Dolly’ Amy Jayne Everett.”
More people tweeted, “Heartbreaking. I hope her family and friends achieve Dolly’s Dream-Cyber-bullying campaign launched after suicide of Akubra face Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett.”
The girl had previously modeled for popular Australian hat maker, Akubra, in the past. Akubra Hats also posted a heart-wrenching post condoling the death of Amy.
May she Rest In Peace.