Australian teenager’s suicide sparks campaign to end online bullying
The suicide of a 14-year-old girl from Australia is sparking a campaign to end online bullying, according to the Washington Post.
It arrives as family and friends pay tribute to Amy "Dolly" Everett, a young girl who took her own life earlier this month. She was remembered by loved ones as a "kind, caring and beautiful soul."
Everett's life was tragically cut short eight years after she became the face of the iconic brand Akubra, which manufactures hats in Australia.
Tick Everett claims his daughter's death was the cause of relentless bullying online. He reportedly even invited the bullies to her funeral.
"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, in an emotional post on Facebook, according to the Post.
Now, her family has started an online campaign to combat bullying and raise awareness of the problem in Australia.
"If we can help other precious lives from being lost and the suffering of so many, then Doll's life will not be wasted,” Everett’s father wrote on Facebook.
Tributes have floated in from all across the country, even from the former Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd.
"This is a tragedy. And an obscenity," he said. "Any form of bullying is an assault on our values. And in this young girl's life with lethal effect."
Everett was reporteldy farewelled at a funeral service in Katherine on Friday.