Students and parents outraged over caged tiger used as Miami prom theme

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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 :


2. Why didn’t anyone open the cage and see what would happen to these “Brave and courageous fire performers?”


Video #1

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

Video #2

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

Video #3

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

“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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12 replies
  1. Barkley's Mom says:

    “King of the Jungle” when I was in school that was the Lion not a Tiger to begin with! What is wrong with people? There is NO place at a high school prom for caged animals!

  2. Adrienne says:

    Schools and those in charge should have never approved something so dangerous/cruel to this animal. What if somehow the cage door opened up? How safe and controlled would this situation be? Am certain that police would have shot this innocent tiger without a moments hesitation.Animals should never be used like this and there was no purpose for it. Shame on the adults in charge of this prom to make it a statement about abusing/using caged animals instead of these students just enjoying their prom. Stupid and non thinking adults.

  3. Red says:

    How can anyone find scaring an animal this badly fun, exciting or cool? This poor animal was so stressed it is amazing he didn’t die on the spot!! This high school SHOULD BE ASHAMED and who ever furnished the poor animal should be FINED for ignorance! As stated by Adrienne, should something have gone wrong and the tiger escaped….HE WOULD HAVE BEEN MURDERED for being somewhere he didn’t even want to be!



  5. Deborah Dearmore says:

    Number one, the zoo or wherever they got the animals from need to lose their animals. Number 2, the school should be fined and all the participants should be made to volunteer at the animal shelter. Number 3, they should all pay a hefty fine. Those poor babies must have been scared to death. That was just plain cruel. What the he’ll is happening to the human race????

  6. susispot says:

    Totally inappropriate. And honestly, DANGEROUS! With the evidence of morons around in abundance, how can they be trusted NOT to figure out a way to “spring the door”. Geesh!

  7. Mary Ann Clark says:

    This was felony animal abuse! Not only should the adults be punished but those attending this prom ate old enough to know it was wrong! Where is this poor tiger now?

  8. Nancy Raymond says:

    Those so called ‘organizers’ proved their idiocy, inhumanity, and lack of brain power to allow this to happen. I saw this poor animal on TV pacing back and forth and in obvious distress while this damn prom was going on. The noise, the crowd and the music were so stressful to this poor animal it was hard to watch. This school can apologize all it wants – their lip service means nothing – they treated this tiger like entertainment for a bunch of high schoolers. Those who were responsible for this outrage need to be stuck in a damn cage and forced to endure what they put this poor tiger through – AND to the dumbfucks who owned the tiger and allowed this to happen – their greed is very apparent.

  9. Tracy Whitcomb says:

    Now what would have happened to that poor tiger if he would have hurt someone???? He would have been shot!!!!! That’s what!!!! This is Bullshit and this abuse has to STOP NOW!!!


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