Who thought it was a good idea to have a live tiger at a high school prom?
Prom themes are supposed to be a little cheesy. “Romeo and Juliet” themed with castle decorations. “Under the Sea” themed with streamers that look like seaweed. “Welcome to the Jungle” themed with live, wild animals. Um, one of those is not like the others. Cheesy is one thing, but potentially life-threatening is another.
A Miami high school apparently blurred those lines a little when it decorated for its “Welcome to the Jungle” themed prom with a number of live animals, including a tiger. Yes, a real, live tiger. At prom. Someone approved this. Possibly, several someones. The kids at the prom took video showing the giant cat pacing in a cage in the middle of the dance floor, because this actually happened.
— WMC Action News 5 (@WMCActionNews5) May 14, 2018
Christopher Columbus High School is now under fire from people who are obviously taking issue with the pure insanity that is having a dangerous, live, wild animal at a high school prom. There are also people saying the act was cruel toward the tiger, as well as the lemur, fennec fox and two macaws that were also on display at the dance.
So now there’s a debate raging online over whether the tiger was mistreated, as well as whether it was a good idea for the school to provide a live tiger as prom entertainment and seriously, what was their punch spiked with? How is anyone overlooking the obvious insanity here and defending the idea of having a giant, carnivorous animal as a prom decoration?
Experts say the tiger at a jungle themed Miami high School prom was "obviously stressed." There was a lemur, two macaws, and an African fox there too. The school is standing up for the stunt — saying the tiger was "in a relaxed state." Relaxed? Really?https://t.co/ruAZK2NVja
— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) May 14, 2018
— biacna (@biancadfgh) May 14, 2018
Columbus literally brought a tiger to their prom … the tiger looked so stressed , what type of school does this?! That’s animal abuse!
— Fifii (@fiorebiagioni_) May 14, 2018
I think the reaction to the tiger at the Columbus Prom has been completely overblown. The tiger did not seem to be harmed in any way. That being said, I still can’t see how that was a worthwhile expense by the school for the prom. Use that money to get a good band instead of a DJ
— Juan-Carlos Planas (@jcp717) May 14, 2018
It was a tamed tiger provided by The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commision. Nothing happened to the tiger for the 5 minutes that it was out. This is being blown out of proportion. Safety precautions were taken prior to when the tiger was taken out.— Manny (@_mannyalvarez) May 14, 2018
They're concerned that the tiger is distressed, but they're okay with having the tiger at their children's prom in the first place??????🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔— JD Unger (@UngerJd) May 14, 2018
Earlier reports said the school’s principal was standing behind the decision to bring the tiger to prom, but yesterday, he released a statement saying, “Upon reflection, we regret the decision to have live animals at our prom.”
— Sanela Sabovic (@SabovicSanela) May 14, 2018
Um, yeah. That’s probably the right reaction. What have we learned today? I can’t believe this needs to be said, but here we are. Animals that have the capacity to kill humans don’t belong at prom.