From being the face of a well known brand “Akubra” at the age of 8 years to having a beautiful, loving and supportive family, there still was something else that led Amy Dolly Everett, a 14 year old girl to take her own life & commit suicide.
This incident goes back to year 2018, it was just another day as a family for the Everetts. Dolly spent the day quite normally with her family. That day they all played cards game before going to bed, where Dolly won & not just that she made her signature dinner that night as well, where she cooked Steak, Coleslaw & Potato salad. Based on her mother’s observation, she seemed really normal that day & they could never figure out that she was spending her last moments with them.
Dolly always had been a fun loving girl, who loved her life with her parents and spent most of her childhood on their bushland home. She was acknowledged as an adventrous, fun loving girls by her family who loved animals, butterflies & was friendly towards everyone. But things changed for Dolly, as her parents made a decision to send her and sister to boarding school for further studies. Circustances began to changed after Dolly moved to her new school at Warwick in Queensland.
For every child or person, being away from parents will always make the home sick but excited for their new journey in life.
For Dolly it was much more than that. Because she did not just get a chance to miss her family, but she was also constantly getting harrased and bullied both in school & online. Things escalated when she had enough of a boy bullying her and using bad words. Dolly hit him, due to which school suspended her & accused her for most part of the incident. As per Dolly’s parents, they agreed her reaction could have been an answer without hitting but why the boy was not given any punishment as he led her to get so frustrated that she reacted back.
That was not the only incident that Dolly faced. She was suspended again few times & called a liar by the school when her parents tried to reach out to them and letting them know the behavioral changes of their daughter were due to someone else. They wanted them to take action against bullies but it all was in vain. One day her parents received an email from her which would make any parent devastated and broken. The email written by this 14 year old stated:
“How long do I have to stay? Can I please leave sooner?”
The 14 years old teenager left behind a sketch stating “Speak even if your voice shakes”. This was her last sketch & now this voice is reaching everywhere. Dolly Everett who was a child model of Akubra Hats & an adorable girl, whose voice could not help her whilst she was alive, has now been roaring everywhere in Australia & world. Her parents have kept her alive though Dolly’s Dream Charity & they won Local Heroes of the year award in 2019 as well.
We must not forget that even though Dolly’s Dream is doing really great in helping teenagers & parents to combat their war against bullying and despite her parent’s winning an award, We can never makeup for their loss and for the loss of Dolly. As her mother said:
“She had so much to live for”
If you are someone who is facing bullying, or if you know someone who is facing bullying or harrasment either its a teenage or a grown up. Please take a stand for yourself and for them. Use your voice even if it is shaking.
Rather than taking your own life, take an initiative to fight back your bullies & make this trend to end & make everyone acknowledge that it is not fine to make joke of someone, to call them names or comment anything that could make them depressed & end their life.
Do it for Dolly & Do it for yourself