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Community leaders call out parents, bystanders after Brooklyn McDonald’s brawl

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FLATBUSH, Brooklyn (PIX11) -- It was a scene so alarming, even Mayor Bill de Blasio weighed in.

"It is disturbing that there wasn’t an attempt to intervene, certainly by any of the adults who were present," de Blasio said.

One week after the viral video of teen girls fighting in a Flatbush McDonald's first sparked outrage, the focus shifted dramatically. From the teens brawling – to the adults who failed them starting long before this on-camera scuffle.

"Our parents need to be there. You need to be in your children's lives. You don’t just drop them off and let McDonald's take care of them, this is not an after school facility, this is a restaurant," said Ashley Sharpton, daughter of Al Sharpton.

The National Action Network held a prayer vigil in front of the Flatbush Avenue McDonald's where the gang fight took place.

It was a moment for honest conversation and reflection. How could half a dozen high schoolers end up like this? And while the story of each teen in the video is unknown, there is a sad but honest truth.

"While we may be seeing more of this on the nightly news, its been happening for years," said Kirsten John Foy.

The new message -- this community can no longer tolerate bystanders.

"The community is supposed to stand there and encourage our kids and be the village for our children, what happened to our community?" Sharpton said.

Eric Garner’s daughter emerald said the video gave her chills. "I mean it was going back to the video of watching my dad, because nobody helped, you all stand around and record and nobody helps," she said.

The cell footage video even hit home for famous Bronx rapper Peter Gunz. He’s the star of the controversial reality show "Love and Hip Hop," where young women in the city fight in nearly every episode. Peter Gunz says watching this video was a wake up call.

"I gotta do better, that’s why I'm out here," he said.  "I feel sorry for the young ladies. Everybody that watches the show knows I can do better and hopefully it's starting from here."

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