Father of teen who died suddenly challenges bullies to attend her funeral




A public service will be held in the Northern Territory in memory of the 14-year-old former face of the Akubra Hats brand, who took her own life last week after being bullied.

"Dolly" Amy Jayne Everett

"Dolly" Amy Jayne Everett

Father Tick Everett took to social media to describe his grief over the loss of "Dolly" Amy Jayne Everett, saying his beloved daughter felt she had no other option.

"I know for some suicide is considered cowardly but I guarantee those people wouldn't have half the strength that my precious little angel had, Doll had the strength to do what she thought she had to do to escape the evil in this world," he wrote on Facebook.

"However, unfortunately, Dolly will never know the great pain and emptiness left behind.

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

He challenged those who bullied his daughter to attend the service and see the pain they had caused. 

Akubra Hats posted its own tribute, shared more than 11,000 times, honouring the girl who was the face of their previous Christmas advertisements.

"To think that anyone could feel so overwhelmed and that this was their only option is unfathomable," the company wrote.

"Bullying of any type is unacceptable. It is up to us to stand up when we see any kind of bullying behaviour.

"Our hearts go out to her family and friends."

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