"And Dellann Boland faulted the firearms shop for not matching the name on her daughter's driver's license with the check she presented Feb. 1. Three days later, the police said she pointed the loaded .22-caliber handgun at a school official and pulled the trigger.
The Taurus PT22 didn't go off because no ammunition was loaded into its chamber.
“Normally in any business, if a person isn't on the checking account, (that business) shouldn't accept the check,” Dellann Boland, 69, said. “If that happened, she wouldn't be in all this trouble.”"
"Alice Boland was known in her Beaufort County community as a junior tennis champion during high school.
She got good grades and amassed 17 Advanced Placement credits. She scored 121 on an IQ test, her mother said.
But with her success came teasing, her mother added, and mental health issues.
She started seeing a doctor at Beaufort Memorial Hospital. She later was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism.
“She was really treated unfairly,” her mother, a retired teacher, said Monday. “People were jealous.”
The incident that resulted in her parents' litigation in federal court came in fall 2002, as she attended the College of Charleston.
In November, her parents alleged, security officials barged into her dormitory room, handcuffed her and had her committed to a mental ward."
She was also treated inappropriately with drugs used for schizophrenia, according to her parents.