School: Sorry about the caged tiger at prom

Maybe it’s time to dial back prom a little bit.

In Miami, Christopher Columbus High School held a jungle-themed prom, but it wasn’t enough to have a little artwork in the ballroom. They had to have a live tiger. And a lemur. And two macaws. And and an African fennec fox.

Not everyone was amused.

“How shameful for Christopher Columbus High Dchool showing its students on prom night who is the ‘king of the jungle,'” Mari-Cris Castellanos, whose brother attends the school, posted.

How shameful for Christopher Columbus High school …showing its students on prom night who is the “king of the jungle “…

Posted by Mari-Cris Castellanos on Saturday, May 12, 2018

“The tiger is clearly looking for a way to get out of that situation, it’s not difficult to interpret that behavior,” Ron Magill, a spokesman for the zoo in Miami tells the Miami Herald. “He was surrounded by people, cell phones, lights, jugglers juggling fire. I really don’t know what they were thinking. Exploiting animals for entertainment at parties — that time has passed. We know better; we’ve been educated.”

Not at Christopher Columbus High School, where administrators initially issued a statement defending the display.

“Two Miami-Dade Police officers were present the entire time. The animals were provided by facilities that are licensed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The tiger, which was displayed for a few minutes in a cage was never harmed or in danger, was not forced to perform, was always accompanied by his handlers, and for the great majority of the time was lying down in a relaxed state facing away from the audience.”

A Miami TV station reports, however, the school has changed its story.

“Upon reflection, we regret the decision to have live animals at our prom,” principal David Pugh said in a statement to WFOR-TV. “This decision in no way reflects the Marist values, teachings of the Catholic Church and/or the accomplishments of our young and that of our distinguished alumni.”

  • Barton

    what the actual????

    Who rents out exotic animals like this?

  • Jack

    File under “What were they thinking?”.

    • Notice the tag at the bottom of the post.

      • Jack

        My apologies. Should have looked closer.

  • kevins

    This has to be one of the most tone-deaf stunts I have seen in a while. I can see having a bird or two, but a tiger!?! Prom has long outlived any usefulness and humans are quickly eroding the habitat of these magnificent cats, now little more than caged slaves to an entitled audience.

    • Mike Worcester

      //Prom has long outlived any usefulness

      Yup. 😐

  • Gary F

    Once again, I’d like to be a fly on the wall in that meeting room when this was discussed and agreed upon.

  • jon

    I bet they’d be more sorry if they had an uncaged tiger.

  • emersonpie

    Yeah, well, exploitation is nothing new to Christopher Columbus.

  • momkat

    According to the Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone MN there are estimated more tigers held captive in the USA as backyard ‘pets’ or roadside pay for play zoos than there are in the wild. Despicable.

  • Gary Leatherman

    Florida man!

  • MrE85

    For future proms, please hold that tiger. 🐅