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Packers cheerleader takes on cyber-bullying Bears fans

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GREEN BAY (WBAY) - It's no secret that Packers and Bears fans often take jabs at each other in the NFL's longest-standing rivalry. But many are saying a recent jab, crosses the line into bullying.

This one is causing viral outrage.

"It's hard to just brush it off your shoulders," Kaitlyn Collins said.

Collins was a cheerleader for the Packers in 2009.

On Monday, a Chicago Bears fan page uploaded a photo of Green Bay Packers fan Kaitlyn Collins with the caption "'Like' if you agree the Packers have the worst cheerleaders in the NFL."

The photo attracted close to 2,000 comments before it was pulled -- many of them scathing, some too derogatory to be reprinted.

"No matter how confident a person can seem and appear, words hurt," Collins said.

Words like, "Doesn't get any uglier. Truly an eyesore."

And, "Packers fans don't eat; they graze."

Collins wondered, "What can I do, and what can we all do to make sure this doesn't happen again?"

Two days after the photo was posted, she made a YouTube video silently holding up signs telling the world how it made her feel and calling out her critics for cyber-bullying.

Josh Groban's "You Raise Me Up" plays in the background as she tells her haters that bullying won't bring her down.

"More of a thank you for the people who did stand up for me," she told us. "And went to bed, woke up in the morning and it was everywhere."

Collins asked the page administrators to take down the photo, and thousands of fans came to her defense on the Facebook page.

"I'm extremely relieved and so happy," she reacted.

A message was posted on the Facebook page Thursday, "We did not see all the posts to take down the Cheerleader pic until today. 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."

Collins, who is now a cheerleading coach to middle-school girls, says she hopes her story can be a lesson to stop cyber-bullying.

"Have a second thought before they type those nasty words or say those nasty words to somebody," she urged. "You never know how it might, how a person might take it and how it might affect their life."

Collins says cyber-bullying won't break her spirit and shouldn't break it for anyone else.

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