What's buzzing:

Shutdown Corner

Former Packers cheerleader takes on Facebook cyberbullying

Jay Busbee
Shutdown Corner

View photo

.

Kaitlyn Collins. (Via Green Bay Packers)

As amazing as the Internet is — it's why we have this job, and why you're reading this article, after all — every so often we're reminded that sometimes all it does is give people the opportunity to be idiots on a worldwide scale.

Kaitlyn Collins is a former Green Bay Packers cheerleader. She's also a real live human being with thoughts and feelings and emotions, something that didn't occur to commenters on the Chicago Bears Fan Facebook page.

On Monday night, that page ran a photo of Collins with the caption “Like If You Agree The Packers Have The Worst Cheerleaders In The NFL!”

The Bears fan page is a popular place, with 86,000-plus likes. You know the Bears-Packers rivalry runs deep, and thus, the comments got vicious in a hurry. In response, Collins made the following video, calling out not just the page but several commenters by name:

That video, a silent spool of signs, is well worth watching. "Cyberbullying" may seem like a media concoction or an overreaction, but to the people who have suffered the words of others, it's real and it's painful to the point of real damage.

[Related: Donald Driver's final stop in Green Bay ... the home of a 78-year-old fan]

Facebook apparently didn't agree that the post met its definition of cyberbullying, and so did not take the post down. But as the comments on the post softened and even chastised the very idea of such a cheap shot, the Fan Page decided to take down the post on its own.

"We did not see all the posts to take down the Cheerleader pic until today," the administrators of the page wrote on Thursday afternoon. "We get hundreds of messages per day and are not always on here. The issue has been resolved. Please respect one another and do not bully on this page."

Congratulations to Ms. Collins, who was a college student at the time she cheered, for taking a brave stand. (Don't think it's so brave? Put your own picture up and ask the world to judge.) There'll always be people who sling mud from behind screen names, but Collins did her team and her fanbase proud by standing up for herself.

[Via Mashable]

-Follow Jay Busbee on Twitter at @jaybusbee.-

Related NFL video from Yahoo! Sports

Other popular content on Yahoo! Sports:
National Signing Day winners and losers
HGH testing coming soon to the NBA
Yankees legend Mickey Mantle was ripped off by team

View Comments (6760)
  • FA are 'amateurs', says Hull chairman Allam

    FA are 'amateurs', says Hull chairman Allam

    Hull City Chairman Assem Allam labelled the Football Association (FA) "amateurs" after the governing body blocked his attempted rebranding of the second-tier club for a second time. Allam wanted to rename the Championship club Hull Tigers believing … More »

    Reuters - 10 minutes ago
  • Leach takes hat-trick with first three balls of match

    LONDON (Reuters) - Worcestershire bowler Joe Leach claimed a hat-trick with the first three balls of his side's Royal London One-Day Cup match against Northamptonshire on Sunday. Leach had Richard Levi and Rob Keogh caught behind by Ben Cox with the … More »

    Reuters - 11 minutes ago
  • South Sudan becomes Olympic movement's 206th member

    By Karolos Grohmann KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - South Sudan became the 206th member of the Olympic family on Friday after the International Olympic Committee approved its inclusion, despite ongoing fighting in the African country. The unanimous … More »

    Reuters - 12 minutes ago
  • 2019 World Cup final venue still undecided after talks

    By Julian Linden KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - World Rugby officials are still undecided about where the 2019 World Cup final will be played after the Japanese government scuttled their proposal to stage the match in Tokyo's new Olympic stadium. The … More »

    Reuters - 19 minutes ago
  • WADA to investigate new doping allegations in athletics

    The World Anti-Doping Agency is alarmed by ''wild allegations'' made by two European media outlets of widespread suspicious drug tests in track and field, and is asking an independent body to investigate. WADA President Craig Reedie said Sunday he … More »

    AP - Sports - 19 minutes ago