At just 6-years-old, Amy “Dolly” Everett, was offered a modelling contract and became the face of iconic Australian outback hat company Akubra. Dolly’s pictures spread throughout Australia. She was the ultimate golden child.
Unfortunately, the fame came at a cost nobody should have to pay. At just 14 years old, Dolly committed suicide.
Dolly was a victim of brutal bullying. The harassment spread like wildfire online. Sadly, nobody had understood just how much pain Dolly was in until it was too late.
Her parents had noticed a shift from her usually funny, bubbly personality as she transitioned into an anxious teen who hardly spoke to others and didn’t want to attend school. According to her mom, Kate, Dolly had received several insults from boys calling her a ‘sl*t’.
“I don’t know whether 12 year olds even know what that means, they shouldn’t. I used to tell her: ‘It will get better, you’ll fit in. Everybody’s trying to fit in and they’re just working out their pecking order. Try not to be mean’.” Kate said.
Dolly’s parents say that fateful night Dolly committed suicide was “longest night” of their lives as they held their lifeless daughter in their arms until an ambulance arrived.
A few days after the suicide, Dolly’s dad, Tick, wrote a long and emotional message about Dolly’s life on Facebook and invited the bullies to his daughter’s funeral.
“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.
“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 wrote.
Dolly who is remembered by her family as a “kind, caring and beautiful soul” had also made a painting earlier that her family posted along Tick’s Facebook message. The painting is of a skinny figure bent over backwards. The message under the painting reads,“Talk, even if your voice shakes.”
“This powerful message tells us about the dark, scary place our beautiful angel had travelled to.” Dolly’s dad said.