Mum of teen suicide victim hits out at school bullies
The suicide death of 14-year-old Dolly Everett has shocked the nation but it’s also brought the issue of bullying back into focus.
The Northern Territory girl, who was once the face of Akubra, is just the latest in a long line of bullying victims.
In 2015, Cassidy Trevan took her own life, two years after being bullied and gang-raped as a 13-year-old.
Her mum Linda breaks down telling Mark Levy about the soul-destroying effect bullying had on her daughter.
“Cassidy was my world. It took me two years and three miscarriages to create her. She was my only child, she was my reason for living.
“She was never able to go back to school after the rape when she was 13.
“I tried her in two new schools, we moved house, in and out of psych wards, suicide attempts, medication, jumping in front of cars, being taken out of the house by police in restraints because she was threatening to kill herself.
“It was just three years of absolute physical, mental and emotional exhaustion and never knowing what was going to happen next.
“To then lose her and all of a sudden there’s just this gaping emptiness.
“I’m never going to see her get married, I’m never going to see her have a baby, I’m never going to be a grandma now.
“All the experiences that she should have had… it’s all gone because of some jealous girl and it’s not fair.
“Even now, it’s 25 months and 5 days since she died and everything plays over and over and over in my mind, 24/7.
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Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 (for young people aged 5 to 25).
Linda has started a Facebook page to raise awareness of the consequences of bullying.