In Miami, students and parents were outraged at a Miami high school prom theme featuring a caged tiger as part of its jungle theme. Many prom goers called the “entertainment” animal abuse and cruelty.
The Christopher Columbus High School prom happened on Friday night at the Hilton Hotel Miami Airport and Convention Center. Mari-Cris Castellanos posted video of the prom on her Facebook page calling the situation “shameful.”
“How shameful for Christopher Columbus High school …showing its students on prom night who is the “king of the jungle “ this poor tiger was used as an EXOTIC amusement for the mindless teenagers who were present , it is not the student fault to be so naive BUT it’s the CCHS STAFF who arranged this event, there for they are responsible for this tigers misery: ask yourselves this :
1. DID THIS TIGER ASK TO ATTEND PROM?
2. Why didn’t anyone open the cage and see what would happen to these “Brave and courageous fire performers?”
3. WHY DOES CCHS ALLOW SUCH ANIMAL CRUELTY?”
“Mari-Cris Castellanos This animal was used to entertain naive teenagers while CCHS collected money from students to allow this to happen …I am going to try my best and get this to the news …if you could somehow help I’d be grateful and most of all the tiger will be grateful.”
Although officials at the high school issued a statement that the tiger and other animals present at the prom were kept in a “very controlled situation” with police present, it was distressing to watch the animal obviously stressed and observed in the videos nervously pacing in his cages.
According to the school’s statement, the facility where the animals came from, is licensed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the cat was never forced to perform. Mari-Cris’ videos, however show a different story. The tiger seemed agitated in his tiny cage amid loud noises, cellphone flash cameras and fire dancers.
In a statement CCHS Principal David Pugh apologized for the incident:
“Some individuals have expressed their sentiments about the use of animals as part of a performance at prom,” he said. “We recognize this decision has offended some and for that we apologize. Moving forward, we will evaluate our current policies and procedures in the planning and management of school events, including the impact these events have on others. We all have learned a great deal from this experience,” Pugh stated.
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Video and freezeshot of caged tiger via Facebook Mari-Cris Castellanos.
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