- The prom decor at this high school caused quite the uproar.
Leave it up to Miami to take prom to the next level, with a jungle-themed prom, and a live caged tiger as decoration.
That is not a typo. And this is the story,
Christopher Columbus High School is a Catholic school for boys in Miami, FL. The school held its annual prom this last Friday and by Sunday, a video of a tiger pacing in a small cage began to be seen online.
“This poor tiger was used as an EXOTIC amusement for the mindless teenagers who were present,” Mari-Cris Castellanos wrote on Facebook. “It is not the student [sic] fault to be so naive BUT it’s the CCHS STAFF who arranged this event, therefore they are responsible for this tigers misery.”
Her brother attends high school here and she was outraged. And she wasn’t the only one.
The video shows the tiger frantically pacing the perimeter of the small cage that was placed on the dance floor at the time. The students look on, stunned.
After all, do you think anyone expected a live tiger at their prom? I’m guessing not.
A second video shows the tiger still walking the cage as a performer dances with fire and loud music. These surroundings cannot be good, normal, or typical for a tiger to have experienced.
And a third video, also taken while the fire performance was taking place, shows the tiger lying in its cage.
Believe it or not, the tiger was not the only live “prop” at the prom. The entertainment company hired by the school also brought in a lemur, a parrot, and a fox.
The students could pose for pictures with the animals. But, was this a good idea?
Not according to PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, who was understandably outraged.
“Wild animals aren’t prom decorations. Displaying a tiger in a tiny cage and allowing students to handle lemurs is cruel to the animals and dangerous for the students, and it sends the harmful message that living beings are props to be used for human amusement,” said PETA.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) said it is looking into the tiger’s presence at the prom and this statement was also released:
“The FWC is aware of the video taken at Christopher Columbus High School Prom, and is looking into the incident to determine if any violation of Florida’s captive wildlife rules took place during this incident. Provided all rules and regulations are followed, exhibition of wildlife at public events is not prohibited by Florida law.”
So that’s that. But what odd news.