Mackenzie Murphy
Someone Being Bullied
Female | Airdrie, AB   Canada
Airdrie teen inspires council on anti-bullying bylaw
Bullying Type: Emotional
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6/17/13 2:40 PM
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An Airdrie teenager and her mother hope that changes to a city bylaw will help fight bullying in their community.

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

Last year, the harassment became so extreme that she was on the verge of attempting suicide.

"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 counseling.

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Posted By: geraldsnannys | 6/18/13 10:41 AM
If more teens could effect change like Mackenzie I feel the incidence of bullying would decrease dramatically.
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