February 22, 1997 in Nation/World

Teen Shoots Self In Front Of Teammates Was Upset Over Poor Tryout For College Softball Scholarshop

Associated Press
 

Upset over her poor tryout for a college softball scholarship, a 17-year-old high school student shot herself in the head during a team practice as her coach pleaded with her to drop the gun.

Melissa Chambliss remained in critical condition Friday, a day after she shot herself in front of two dozen teammates at First Coast High School.

Chambliss, a starter on the varsity softball team was talking with coach Vicky Rogers about arranging another college tryout and ways to improve her game, Principal Hardy Fletcher said.

The two started to argue, then Chambliss pulled a revolver from the waistband of her uniform.

Police said she first pointed it at Rogers and threatened to shoot her.

She then turned the gun on herself as other students backed away and Rogers tried to talk her out of pulling the trigger.

Police said Chambliss was upset because she performed poorly in a recent tryout for a scholarship to Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville.

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