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Former Packers cheerleader Kaitlyn Collins fights cyber bullying (Video)

Kaitlyn-Collins-cyber-bullyingA former Green Bay Packers cheerleader is taking a stand against cyber bullying. Kaitlyn Collins, who cheered for the Packers in 2009, was recently the victim of cyber bullying when a photo of her was posted on the Chicago Bears Fan page on Facebook.

According to the Green Bay Press Gazette, a Facebook user posted a photo of Collins on Monday with the following caption: “Like If You Agree The Packers Have The Worst Cheerleaders In The NFL!”

The photo was then littered with comments that said horrible things about Collins, with many Facebook users calling her “ugly” and worse. Rather than ignoring it, Collins decided to fight back against cyber bullying by creating a silent YouTube video, during which she held up signs that showed some of the nasty things people posted about her. She also showed quotes from people who had come to her defense and thanked them for their support.

“So blessed to have such wonderful friends and family standing behind me and backing me up,” Collins wrote on her own Facebook page on Wednesday. “No matter how strong and confident a person can appear, we are still human and negativity does affect us. We can stay strong and stand tall or we can crumble. I am choosing to stand against these bullies.”

The Chicago Bears Fan page deleted the photo on Thursday and the administrators apologized, making it clear that they don’t condone people who “like” their page making such a classless display.

“The picture of the Green Bay Cheerleader has been removed,” the page said. “For everyone on this page. We do not condone or encourage bullying. We would like to ask that you keep it classy. We understand you are hard core fans, but there’s no need for bullying. We apologize for any hard feelings and encourage everyone to keep this page as a fun experience.”

Collins’ YouTube video currently has nearly 200,000 views, so clearly her message is spreading. Cyber bullying has become a major issue in today’s society and seemingly gets worse by the year. Like the fans who sent those incredibly insensitive tweets to Torrey Smith have shown us, hiding behind a computer and insulting people is easy. Props to Collins for taking a stand against it on behalf of all the people who are affected.

H/T SbB Live


Around The Web

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OIEG62DWCGJFUXXTNC34UHTI4Q Jack

    This story is 100% heartbreaking! Why are people so mean online? Theses bears fans should take their extreme lack of morality and file for chapter 11…hence they are morally bankrupt… they should nickname their lack of morality  Enron or Lemon Brothers. Kaitlyn Collins if you are reading this  keep in mind some of the most famous people were bullied growing up such as Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, Jeff Ross etc. And I must say theses suspects who are Chicago Bears fans/F.I.Bs are the Mass holes of the midwest no offense to any of you Patriot fans. And also keep in mind karma does catch up on bad people who do bad things, just look at Lance Armstrong, Ted Kennedy, Amon Goeth, Jeffrey Skilling, Andy Fastow, O.J. Simpson, and Jeffrey Dahmer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1000810909 Cassandra Richardson

    Is this a paid position or a highschool cheerleading club? Honey, you need to toughen up. You don’t mind articles being written about you saying how hot you are, do you? If someone writes an article about you describing your talents, you love that, but if they say you’re chunky, it’s cyber bullying? There’s a lot of concern and laws being drafted trying to protect children from bullying and cyber bullying, so please, don’t distract people and lawmakers with your whining about being cyber bullied. You have chosen to bare almost all, and if you don’t like the criticism of your body, cover up. The terms bullying and cyber bullying are for children and the mentally handicapped and vulnerable who cannot protect themselves. You do not fall into that category. If you can’t take the heat, get out of the spotlight. You put yourself there. I didn’t even look at your picture as I didn’t care to -what drew me to this article what the cyber bullying link. You are shameful garnering sympathy in such a way; Even if you don’t realize it, you are a grown up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1000810909 Cassandra Richardson

    Heartbreaking? The story of someone criticizing an NFL cheerleader broke your heart? you are morally bankrupt, sir. This is a paid entertainer. An adult. perhaps you should focus on children who have a true problem with bullying, not some hysterical woman who gets paid to take her clothes off in public and then doesn’t like what people say about what they see. Yes, it hurt her feelings, but it was an opportunity to grow up and see if another line of work suited her or whether she could ride out the storm. Apparently neither opportunity occurred to her.

  • http://twitter.com/MsQuarter Mandi Lindner

    The Green Bay Packers cheerleaders are actually the cheer team from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. The Packers are the only professional team (that I know of) that don’t have paid, pro dance positions. They are all college kids who are on the team for fun and for the chance to go to games. They don’t wear skimpy uniforms, and most of the games are so cold they usually wear wind breakers. If the team makes the playoffs or the Super Bowl, the students have to raise their own money to go. Do a little research before you call someone morally bankrupt or infer that they are glorified strippers. Or maybe take a look in the mirror and contemplate the negative stereotypes you hold and whether or not a story about cyber bullying is the best place to reinforce them.