Australians mourn death of 14-year-old cyber bullying victim

Australians mourn death of 14-year-old cyber bullying victim

Australians mourn death of 14-year-old cyber bullying victim

It comes as family and friends pay tribute to Amy Everett known as "Dolly", who took her own life last week.

The family shared one of her recent drawings - a skinny figure bent over backwards under the words, "speak even if your voice shakes".

When she was just six years old, Amy Jayne Everett appeared in an ad for Akubra hats, which represent Australian outback life in the same way Stetson hats symbolize Texas.

"This powerful message tells the dark, scary place our lovely angel had travelled to", the family said.

A LOCAL hair salon is reaching deep to support the family and wider community of 14-year-old Amy "Dolly" Everett who died by suicide this month.

A photo of Dolly as a child in an Akubra hat when she was the face of the iconic brand has gone viral since her parents, Tick and Kate Everett, released it as part of a social media campaign to raise awareness of the impact of cyber bullying.

The Queensland parent, Katrina, launched an online campaign to shut down phone applications, including Sarahah, which she said had "shattered" both her daughter and herself. "This is all we are capable of at the moment and ask for your respect to give us time to grieve".

"If we can help other precious lives from being lost and the suffering of so many, then Doll's life will not be wasted".

"Dolly could be anyone's daughter, sister, friend".

"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", her father Tick wrote on Facebook.

Northern Territory police say they are investigating the bullying allegations on behalf of a state coroner who will report on the cause of Dolly's death. "She was not even 15 years old", the post read. Turnbull, the prime minister, said society needs to do more to protect young people, although he didn't make any specific suggestions. "Bullying of any type is unacceptable".

'Dolly's passing highlights the devastating impact that bullying can have on its victims.

"This is a global fight", she said and stressed on finding out the best strategies to "call out abuse and disrespect".

"Being in a salon we talk to a lot of people every day and people open up to us about their problems and I think it's nice to be able to do that", she said.

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