MORENO VALLEY ( — An 18-year-old Moreno Valley student was arrested Monday for allegedly threatening to shoot one of his teachers.

Fernando Hernandez, who attends Canyon Springs High School, was taken into custody for making terrorist threats and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside.

Hernandez reportedly slipped his teacher a note that said he wanted to shoot her, which prompted the victim to contact authorities, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

“It was a note that contained a very specific statement about a desire to shoot this particular teacher,” Chief Joel Ontiveros said. “The student was apparently upset with life and felt the need to express his angst, apparently, in this manner.”

(credit: RIverside County Sheriff's Department)

(credit: RIverside County Sheriff’s Department)

Deputies then searched Hernandez’s home for weapons and found a bolt-action rifle and a small amount of ammunition.

“The rifle was legally purchased and secured with a trigger lock,” Sgt. Rasmussen said.

The student did not have a history of trouble at the school, according to Superintendent Dr. Judy White.

School officials sent out an alert to parents detailing the arrest and giving them information regarding extra security on campus Tuesday.

The Moreno Valley Police Department is asking anyone with additional information about this case to contact Sergeant Rasmussen at (951) 486-6700.

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