Dolly, 14, from Katherine in Australia’s Northern Territory, was found dead on January 3 after being tormented over the Christmas holidays .
In a heartbreaking Facebook post, Dolly’s dad Tick said people needed to more aware of the heartache bullying can cause as he invited the bullies who hounded his daughter to her funeral.
He didn’t give any details of the harrowing experiences that had tortured his daughter but said she had wanted to “escape the evil in this world”.
Sickeningly, just days after Dolly’s suicide, a family friend has been targeted with a barrage of abuse from an online bully who urged the teenager to take her own life too.
Russell Simpson took to Facebook on Saturday to share some of the vile messages sent to his 15-year-old daughter Katelyn .
One message sent to the teenage rodeo champion read: “Why don’t you just go cut your wrist until you bleed out, you’ll do everyone a favour. Go do what Dolly did, it should’ve been you not her.”
Mr Simpson, from Darwin, told Daily Mail Australia “when they mentioned Dolly, I just lost it”.
He added: “Because we know Dolly and her family, it’s just heart-breaking. I don’t know how to put it into words or describe the feeling, but it really knocked me.”
On Friday, hundreds of blue-clad mourners flooded Casuarina Street Primary School in Katherine – where her cattle ranching family are well known – to pay their respects to Dolly.
Dad Tick had challenged the bullies who had taken his daughter from him to come to her to her funeral, saying: “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.”
After the service Tick, mum Kate and sister Meg paid heartbreaking tribute to their little girl as they launched charity ‘Dolly’s Dream’ to help other young victims of bullying.
Dolly’s family had attended a private cremation before the ceremony and Kate clutched an urn containing her daughter’s ashes as she spoke.
Launching Dolly’s Dream, Tick told the media: “We do not want another family to go through what we are going through.
“It won’t bring our Dolly back, but it may just prevent the loss of another young life.
“Parents, please just remember to check your children, talk to them about their relationships and about bullying.
“And remember, speak, even if your voice shakes.”
Tick described Dolly as ‘kind, gentle and loving’, a ‘happy go lucky’ girl and a ‘pocket rocket’ who loved animals.
He said his youngest daughter’s nickname came from how she looked like ‘a perfect little China doll’ when she was born.
In a Facebook post earlier this week, Tick invited the bullies to attend Dolly’s funeral to see the ‘devastation’ for themselves.
In the post, he said: “I know for some suicide is considered cowardly, but I guarantee those people wouldn’t have half the strength 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.
“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.”
Local reports suggest police are now investigating the bullying against Dolly.
A 6-year-old Dolly starred in a well-known ad campaign for the wide-brimmed rabbit-fur Akubra hat – one of Australia’s most recognisable companies.
“Bullying of any type is unacceptable,” the company wrote on Facebook on Tuesday.
“It is up to us to stand up when we see any kind of bullying behaviour. Dolly could be anyone’s daughter, sister, friend.”
It urged readers: “Be a friend, check up on your mates.”
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