Lee County teacher arrested on cocaine charge

A Lee County teacher is out of jail after being charged with cocaine possession.

Steve Hedrick, 47, teaches technology classes at East Lee County High School, according to a source.

Hedrick is charged with possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. He was arrested Friday and bonded out Saturday.

Former students said they’re shocked by the allegations.

“He was always on his computer, you know? Cool, calm, and collected,” said Jonathan Santiago.

He said word spread quickly on Facebook that Fort Myers police arrested his former teacher.

“I was staring at my phone for five to ten minutes trying to believe it…but I just couldn’t.”

Hunter Purks is another former East Lee High student. He never had Hedrick as a teacher but is still surprised.

“I wouldn’t see him as a drug person,” he said. “When you’re doing drugs, the kids look up to you like that, and you could possibly lead other kids to that pathway.”

Sean Healey said the news hits close to home because he’s an educator.

“If the allegations are true, I would hope that that person would not be allowed to supervise children anymore.”

NBC2 reached out to the school district and FMPD, but neither has responded.

We also tried to get comment from Hedrick, but a woman at an address listed for him said he no longer lives there.