A number of persons on social media have recommended that a male student, who was instrumental in separating a fight between two adult males in a viral video recorded in Castries, should be recognised for his effort.
They said he put his safety on the line while most of the adult onlookers watched and some encouraged the fight.
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The video, which is one minute and 20 seconds long, was uploaded on Facebook on December 3, and has garnered over 20,557 views at the time of publishing this article.
It has been alleged that the two men fighting in the video were drunk.
At the beginning of the video, the student, wearing a red knapsack and light blue shirt, moved closer to the fight, which was being separated by an adult male, who was wearing a cap and sunglasses.
However, the schoolboy intervened directly after the first peacemaker stopped to pick up his cap and the two men fell in the middle of the road on Jeremie Street.
At this time, a truck began to honk its horn but the schoolboy signaled briefly for the driver to be patient.
The schoolboy continued in his attempt to separate the fight as adult onlookers laughed and recorded the incident with their cell phones.
About 39 seconds into the video, the man wearing the cap, who tried to part the fight in the beginning, resumed his efforts, but this was short-lived as another adult pulled him away.
From there, the schoolboy was tried to make a separation as both men tussle on the ground.
Towards the end of the video, several adults, including a woman who slapped one of the fighters in the head while repeatedly saying “stop it, stop it gasa”, joined in assisting the schoolboy to successfully separate the fighters.
The video, posted on popular Facebook group, St. Lucians Aiming For Progress (SLAPS), attracted mixed reactions from members.
Most posters applauded the student, believed to be from Entrepot, for his efforts, while expressing concern that adults were encouraging the fight and some did nothing to help.
“It is so sad that the adults were encouraging the fight while the teenager was attempting to put peace. Great example, adults, a bunch of morons,” one poster said.
Below are some of the (unedited) comments posted on SLAPS as well as the video.
“It is a shame that this kid put his safety on the line to stop the fight while all these grownups are there thinking that this is entertainment.”
“Looks like the parents acting like children, and the student acting like an adult. Good lawd, there is hope for our youths!”
“YOU mean to tell me every body have a phone tapeing this crap instead of separating the guys the young men is the first to try and do something what’s this world coming to.”
“That’s what technology have become? Instead of separating the fight ppl are busy video taping to be the next FB, Twitter, Instagram STAR.”
“Great Job to this student..”
“That’s a fine young man.”
“It is good to know that there are young men like him, all is not lost. I am happy he did not come to harm. How brave.”
“Shame on the adults.. although some appeared to be just as drunk.. sad
“it had to take the student to initiate the separation of these 2 fighters, while the adults stood by. Good job young man.”
“GOD BLESS THIS YOUNG MAN FOR HE IS A GOOD PEACE MAKER…HE NEEDS TO BE REWARDED…”
“This young man just instilled some hope in me… Our youth are not totally gone after all….. ON A LIGHTER NOTE: that hesalop moment had me cracking up, everyone was in sync ,It’s like an anthem for lucians…”