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Father invites 14-year-old daughter's bullies to her funeral

Father invites 14-year-old daughter's bullies to her funeral Father invites 14-year-old daughter's bullies to her funeral
Melinda Barton | 12 January, 2018, 16:39

Amy Jayne Everett, known as Dolly, killed herself on January 3 "to escape the evil in this world", her father says.

"I do not want my daughter or any other to become the next Dolly", Katrina wrote in the change.org petition, which has already received more than 38,000 signatures.

"Dolly" Amy Jayne Everett was the former face of Akubra Hats.

"As a parent and a grandparent, my heart breaks for Dolly and her family".

"From pain and loss, we must renew our commitment to say no to bullying", Turnbull wrote in a Facebook comment.

Her father, Tick Everett, flanked by his wife Meg and daughter Meg, urged parents to speak to their children about their relationships and bullying.

Tick, who posted the message four days after the passing of his daughter whose nickname was "Dolly", also insisted that her life would not be a "waste". "Dolly could be anyone's daughter, sister or friend".

The death of a young woman whose face was familiar to millions of Australians shocked the nation and prompted Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to plead for an end to juvenile bullying, both in real life and online. (Facebook / Tick Everett) Amy Jayne Everett.

The family shared a drawing by Dolly of a skinny figure bent over backwards with the words, "speak even if your voice shakes" in bold, which she'd completed before taking her own life on January 3. This powerful message tells the dark, scary place our lovely angel had travelled to. Even though suicide is the top cause of death for 15- to 44-year-olds in Australia, it isn't discussed much in public, in part because media outlets fear that reporting on self-inflicted deaths will trigger more suicides.

Australians loved her. They knew her name.

"Sort of rips your guts out when you get this sort of news, this bullying is that out of control now".

"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".

The family has asked mourners to donate to "Dolly's Dream" a trust set up in their daughter's honour, in lieu of flowers today.

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

If you have been affected by the issues raised in this story and need someone to talk to, help is available from Lifeline on 13 11 14.