Airdrie teen inspires council on anti-bullying bylaw

A teenager in Airdrie, who almost ended her life after being bullied, has succeeded in getting city council to crack down on bullying in the southern Alberta city.

Council considers anti-bullying measure after harassed teen appeals for action

Airdrie teenager who came close to taking her life pushes city council to pass anti-bullying motion. 1:38

An Airdrie teenager and her mother hope that changes to a city bylaw will help fight bullying in their southern Alberta community.

Mackenzie Murphy, 13, had been heckled and harassed for several years. She says she was anonymously insulted and derided on social media.

The harassment became so extreme last year that she was on the verge of attempting suicide, Murphy said.

"I was told to go kill myself and I guess I took that and tried."

Her mother, Tara Murphy, learned of her daughter's distress from a text message and was able to intervene before the teen carried out her suicide attempt.

Mackenzie's story has inspired the mayor and council in Airdrie to take a stand against bullying. Council is planning to add anti-bullying provisions to an existing bylaw.

The changes will get first reading at a city council meeting on Monday evening.

The anti-bullying provisions of the bylaw include fines for offenders and counselling.