Beaufort couple: Alice Boland has multiple personalities
By Nikki Gaskinsngaskins@abcnews4.com
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) A husband and wife in Beaufort levied their assessment of the woman who police say showed up at Ashley Hall School in downtown Charleston with a loaded gun. To them, Alice Boland struggles with multiple personality disorder.
Boland, 28, is charged with attempted murder. Police say she pulled the trigger of a loaded gun while pointing it at students and teachers. The gun did not fire because Boland did not know how to use the weapon, police later said.
In 2005, authorities say she also threatened the life of President George W. Bush.
For about three years, Sandra Scheper says she would occasionally play tennis with Boland in Beaufort.
"When I hit with Alice, I could tell right away that she had skills and that Alice was just not your average kid that picked up a racket," she said.
Described as a competitive player, Sandra Scheper says on the court Boland hated to lose.
"It didn't take much to get her frustrated. She was very passionate about tennis. If a stroke didn't go right with her, it could set her off," she said.
And at times, she said, it did.
"She took a can of balls and threw them over inside the court. It didn't matter if it was going to hit a kid very forcefully," she said. "That's when I knew there was something different, and that we needed to be mindful of Alice."
However, Sandra Scheper said she never once thought Boland would be charged with attempted murder.
"There was a time where she went gothic and after she went gothic, it was kind of all downhill," she said.
Despite her strange quirks, Sandra Scheper's husband Larry continued coaching her.
"Everyone's different. Everyone has problems," said Larry Scheper, who runs Scheper Tennis Academy in Beaufort and believes Boland struggles with multiple personalities.
"She would change when she got on court. She got really aggressive, kind of the other person came out," he said. "It would be a totally different voice. And I would say, 'Maybe this is Alicia?' She would say 'It is.'"
Larry Scheper describes Boland off court as a nice, sweet and humble person.
"Some people change when they get on the court. They can be friendly, or they can be totally different. On court, Alice was totally different," said Larry Scheper.
While Boland's case intensifies the argument for gun control, the Schepers say they often wonder if they could have done more to help a woman clearly disturbed.
"I sometimes feel guilty. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know her parents like that. I wish there was something I could have done to blow the whistle," said Sandra Scheper. "Alice should have never had access to a gun. She should have never been able to go to a pawn shop or wherever she got her gun."
The Schepers say Boland moved to Charleston a little over a year ago with the intent of coaching children in tennis.
They said they're not sure if she ever succeeded before the incident at Ashley Hall occurred.
Boland is currently being held at the Al Cannon Detention Center on a $900,000 bond.