Protesters gather in Fort Lauderdale to demand change in court system after 4-year-old killed by father


Protesters are calling for change after a 4-year-old boy was killed by his father.

Greyson Kessler’s mother and other family members were among the protesters outside the Broward County courthouse in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday morning.

The group demanded change within the court system to protect young children from domestic abuse.

Kessler was shot and killed by his father last month before 47-year-old John Stacey turned the gun on himself.

Officials said Stacey had repeatedly threatened the 4-year-old’s mother with violence.

Now his grandmother, Ronni Kessler, is saying someone should have noticed the warning signs.

“Everybody failed us from the police, child victim services, the court system, nobody paid attention,” said Ronni.

“It’s just devastating,” said Jeremy Katzman, whose son went to school with Greyson. “It devastated a whole community and our whole class is grieving and we need to find a way to carry on Greyson’s memory and find a solution to end domestic violence and fix mental health and fix the legal system so other families don’t ever have to experience this trauma and I think that will help Greyson live on.”

Greyson’s mother filed an Order of Protection against his father after receiving texts from him saying she deserved to die.

A judge had denied the request citing a lack of facts.


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