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Australian 14-year-old takes own life after online bullying

Her heartbroken dad invites her tormentors to her memorial to "witness the complete devastation you have created."

A Northern Territory teenager who was previously the face of Akubra Hats has taken her own life after being bullied online.

Amy Everett, who was affectionately known as Dolly, died on January 3. Her father, Tick Everett, posted an emotional tribute on Facebook revealing Dolly had been subjected to “constant bullying and harassment” online.

“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,” he wrote.

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

Mr Everett condemned those who bulled his daughter, telling them to come to her memorial to “witness the complete devastation you have created.”

Dolly Everett. Source: Facebook

Dolly, pictured (right) with her sister Meg, mother Kate and father Tick.

The father from Katherine in the NT urged anyone who’s suffering to speak up, adding the motto “Speak now, even if your voice shakes”.

Akubra Hats also posted a tribute to Dolly online and changed their profile picture to Dolly modelling one of their iconic hats eight years ago.

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Dolly’s funeral will take place on Friday and her family have requested mourners wear her favourite colour – blue.

Our deepest condolences go out to Dolly’s family and loved ones.

If you or anyone you know is suffering, please contact Youthline (youthline.co.nz) on 0800 376 633 or Lifeline (lifeline.org.nz) on 0800 543 354 . You can also contact Kidsline (kidsline.org.nz) on 0800 54 37 54.

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