A Miami High School Actually Used A Live Tiger As Prom Entertainment

by Christina Marfice
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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.

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?

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.”

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.