Sadly there’s been yet another heart-wrenching suicide by a teenager was recently reported as being bullied online. Amy Everett, a fourteen-year-old from Australia took her life on January 3rd after being victim of cyber-bullying.
Her father posted a message on Facebook to the world and to the bullies that hurt his daughter.
In the post he address the thought that suicide is cowardly:
“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. However, unfortunately, Dolly will never know the great pain and emptiness left behind.”
And invites the people he holds responsible to come to the funeral:
“Firstly if by some chance the people who thought this was a joke and made themselves feel superior to the constant bullying and harassment see this post, please come to our service and witness the complete devastation you have created.”
Bullying is unacceptable and it has to stop.
It’s the third leading cause of death among young people according to the CDC.
Victims of bullying are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University.
For resources about bullying, how to stop it and how to know if it’s happening to your children, go to StopBullying.gov