Arrest made in shooting of a teen outside Southeast DC elementary school

A D.C. teenager is in critical condition after he was shot outside a school Friday afternoon in Southeast D.C. It happened near Stanton Elementary School just as classes were about to let out.

On Saturday, February 28, 2015, at approximately 7:47 pm, members of the Seventh District Detectives office arrested 19 year-old Jerlyu Wood of Southeast, charging him with Assault With Intent to Kill.

Stanton Elementary School administrators say they went into security mode after the shots were fired, but some upset parents claim the school didn't do enough.

"When it comes down to the safety of the child and parents are trying to get here to get to their children, we were not notified at all," one parent told us.

D.C. parents are fed up with D.C. Public Schools' alert system when it comes to chaos on or near campus after the latest incident outside of the school.

"When they need to call us, they don't call us," said the parent. "I found out on the news what was going on."

But FOX 5 has learned the school did send out robocalls to parents. Stanton Elementary School staffers say they actually called police to alert them of the shooting.

The school says they did not go on a lockdown because police informed them they were securing the scene and told school officials students are safe.

Still, staffers say they performed their own safety measures for students before releasing them or starting after school activities.

But some parents say they are not buying that compassion and remain concerned every time their son or daughter heads into a D.C. school.

The principal of the school says she will spend the weekend ensuring a lot of parents by phone to make sure their up to speed on the precautions they took.

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