You're cowards: Fight filmers cop a lecture from good samaritan

A man from Atlanta who broke up a teen street fight might have a few words for New Zealanders who film street fights and share the videos on social media.

The video, posted to Facebook by Atlanta teen Marmar Duval, shows a group of teenagers watching two boys fighting in the street. As the boys fight, others are seen laughing and recording the whole thing on their phones.

In the background, a man can be seen approaching the group. As he comes into earshot, he begins a convincing lecture and the boys instantly stop fighting.

"Everyone with your phones. All of you. You're the real cowards. Record that too. Everyone recording on their phone - real cowards," he repeats.

"Keep cool, man. You're in the middle of the street.

The man approaches the teens (Facebook)
The man approaches the teens (Facebook)

"She's smiling and laughing. They're laughing. Look, he's got a big smile on his face. He's supposed to be your man. They're all laughing, little brother, but you're really upset.

"And you're really upset," he says, turning to the other boy. "You're more mad than he is, I can see it in your face."

For the most part, the boys who had been fighting listen quietly to the stranger, appearing to calmly take in his message. 

"Whatever you attacked someone for, you were ill-advised. The thing is, who ill-advised you? Who told you wrong?" he asks.

Then he turns his focus to the boys' bad reflection on their parents and neighbourhood.

"Don't make your parents look like this. Don't make your mum and dad look like this. If you live round here, listen, we're good."

Then he seems to recognise a couple of the boys.

"I know where you're from. Humble beginnings. Your mum and dad worked hard to get where they're at. Your dad's doing life.

"Think it's a game out here? It's not a game out here. It's real out here, little brother."

After nearly four minutes of lecturing the boys, the man tries to get them to shake hands. Neither of the boys will budge, so the man insists he will not leave until they shake.

They refuse in silence before conceding, the mood visibly lighter.

The man has been hailed on social media as "extraordinary", "awesome" and "powerful".

The teens shake hands (Facebook)
The teens shake hands (Facebook)