CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The 28-year-old woman who allegedly tried to shoot a school director outside Ashley Hall earlier faced federal charges in 2005 for threatening the life of then-President George W. Bush and members of Congress, court documents state.
According to U.S. District Court documents, Alice Boland made the threat against the president in the summer of 2005 in Montreal, Quebec after authorities say she became angry after waiting in a customs line at an airport.
Boland pleaded not guilty in the incident by reason of insanity on December of 2005 and a judge dismissed the charges in 2009.
The incident happened on May 14, 2005 at the Pierre Trudeau-Dorval International Airport where officials say Boland had just arrived after visiting Quebec City. US Customs officials reported that Boland had become angry because she felt that officials were taking too long and became "very aggressive in her mannerism" by shouting at customs personnel.
An affidavit states that officers with the Montreal Police Department and airport security personnel then responded at which time Boland began to make threatening statements.
"Give me a gun, I am going to kill you," Boland told Montreal police and airport security personnel, according to court records. "I am going to kill President Bush with a gun...just give me a gun. I am going to come back and shoot you all, (expletive). I am going to find a gun and kill you all."
Boland said she made the threatening remarks against the president because she felt that he was responsible for the delay at the customs line. Authorities detained Boland and transported her to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation.
Boland was then treated and released with the promise to appear in court on a future date.
On May 25, 2005, a Secret Service agent and a sergeant with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office went to Boland's home in regards to the alleged threats Boland made against the president.
When the Secret Service agent asked Boland about the incident, Boland said she was very upset with the "Air Canada People" and said if she had a gun she would kill them.
Court records state that when investigators specifically asked Boland about threatening the life of the president, Boland said, "Yes, hell yes I would shoot him...I would shoot him and the entire US Congress."
According to investigators, Boland also said she would shoot them too if she had a gun.
When the Secret Service agent told Boland that it was a felony crime to threaten the life of the president, Boland said, "(Expletive) you, I'll shoot the president...I'll go to Washington and I'll shoot him dead and if you get in my way, I'll shoot you too. I'll go wherever he is and find him and kill him. I'll kill Senator Bird and Senator Clinton and all those people and think nothing of it."
An affidavit states Boland then told the investigators that she had two guns in her house and she was going to get one of them and shoot both investigators. The Secret Service agent said as Boland turned to walk into her house, he arrested her.
Authorities say as Boland was being arrested, she repeatedly yelled that she would kill the president and members of Congress, kicked the sheriff's office sergeant and scratched the wrist of another officer who was responding to the scene.
As Boland was being booked at the Charleston County Detention Center, authorities say she repeated her "desire to kill the president" to the jail staff.
Court records state that Boland was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome (high-functioning autism) and Paranoid Schizophrenia and spent 21 days at MUSC in 2003.
Boland was arrested on Monday after police say she pulled the trigger of a loaded gun aimed at a school director outside of Ashley Hall a number of times.
Police say it is the second time they have responded to Ashley Hall to deal with a complaints about Boland. In Sep. 2010, officers responded to the school on Rutledge Avenue after Boland was seen harassing students and acting very suspicious, according to a supplemental police report.
School officials told police she was seen talking to herself and asking questions about the children.