Woman charged with making bomb threat at South Jordan elementary school

A woman is facing a felony charge accusing her of making a bomb threat at a South Jordan elementary school and blaming it on her ex-husband.

A woman is facing a felony charge accusing her of making a bomb threat at a South Jordan elementary school and blaming it on her ex-husband. (Ray Boone, KSL-TV)


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SOUTH JORDAN — A woman who police say caused an elementary school to be evacuated because of a bomb threat she blamed on her ex-husband is now accused of being the instigator.

Aleesha Young, 39, was charged Thursday in 3rd District Court with making a false weapons of mass destruction alarm, a second-degree felony.

On April 22, police were called to Eastlake Elementary School, 4389 W. Isla Daybreak Road, on a reported bomb threat. Officers arrived to find administrators already in the process of evacuating the building.

Witnesses told police "while waiting with other moms for a field trip, Young approached and started stating that there's a 'bomb threat at the school' and that 'everyone needed to get out,'" according to charging documents. Young then allegedly "went into classrooms and began telling students and teachers the same thing."

She also told police "her ex-husband threatened her with a bomb," the charges state.

As investigators looked into the incident, no bomb was found and the ex-husband "had no idea about the bomb threat," the charges say.

Court documents do not give a possible motive for Young's alleged actions.

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the KSL.com team in 2021, after many years of reporting at the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio before that.

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