A 14-year-old Australian girl, famous for being the face of a hat company as a child, has committed suicide after allegedly being viciously bullied. The family of Amy “Dolly” Everett released a statement to the media on Wednesday about her death.
“She was always caring for animals, small children, other children at boarding school who were less fortunate than herself."
Everett died last week.
In a Facebook post, her father wrote that bullying needs more attention so that his daughter's death will not be in vain. He said Everett wanted to “escape the evil in this world.” He did not go into detail about the bullying that his teen daughter endured.
In an unprecedented move, the grieving father invited his daughter's 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."
Everett’s family has shared a recent drawing that Everett created: a drawing of a figure bent over backward along with the caption, "Speak even if your voice shakes."
"This powerful message tells the dark, scary place our beautiful angel had travelled to," her family said in a statement.
Akubra, the hat company that Everett modeled for as a child, also put out a statement asking for people to "stand up" against bullying, the BBC reports.
"Bullying of any type is unacceptable," Akubra wrote on Facebook. "It is up to us to stand up when we see any kind of bullying behaviour. Dolly could be anyone's daughter, sister, friend."