Oklahoma teacher accused of attacking ex-boyfriend with baseball bat, still employed with district

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MCCLAIN COUNTY, Okla. -- Parents were shocked after being told their child's teacher spent Monday night in jail.

The news came yesterday at Meet the Teacher night, and the woman is expected to be teaching tomorrow.

Maria Kroeker allegedly attacked her ex-boyfriend with a baseball bat.

He's okay, but parents we spoke with are furious that she'll be sharing a classroom with seven and eight year old students.

"We were just like, you got out of jail Monday?!" Carter Boman, parent of an incoming 1st grader at Dibble Elementary, says.

It came up as the first topic of conversation at Dibble Elementary's Meet the Teacher night.

"She was very honest, she came out and told us exactly what happened," Boman says.

Maria Kroeker, 34, was arrested by McClain County sheriff's deputies Saturday.

"That's exactly what you want to hear when you go to Meet the Teacher, is, 'I got out of jail yesterday,'" Boman said.

According to the incident report, there was some sort of disagreement between Kroeker and and her ex-boyfriend. It escalated, and she took a baseball bat to his truck, hitting the windshield while he was still inside.

"People make you mad, kids make you mad, it's all about how you handle it, and what makes you think she wouldn't do something like that? I just can't trust it," Boman said.

The report says she also broke the driver's window with the bat; her ex-boyfriend did receive cuts from the broken glass.

"I'm not going to drop my kid off at school with someone who just got out of jail Monday for domestic abuse," Boman says.

We tried reaching Kroeker. She was not home when we came by, but the superintendent says she will remain employed with the district.

"We all make mistakes, but I think it's up to the school staff and administration to make sure our children are safe," Boman says.

The superintendent of the schools would not go on camera, but did tell us over the phone that he understood the charges may be dropped.

In a statement, Superintendent Chad Clanton said,

"Ms. Rangel:

The district is aware of the allegation against Ms. Kroeker.  In an effort to be transparent, the district chose to host a parent meeting to best inform parents of the facts surrounding the allegation.  The parent meeting was encouraged by Ms. Kroeker.  Following the meeting, parents were given an opportunity to ask questions. The parent communication has been overwhelmingly in support of Ms. Kroeker.  The district has followed it's policy and practices as it relates to employee discipline.  The district is committed to the safety of it's students and has taken measures to ensure that commitment is fulfilled.  Regarding personnel matters, it is the policy and procedure of Dibble Public Schools to maintain confidentiality. "

Charges are still pending with Kroeker.

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