The theme of Christopher Columbus High School's Prom was "Welcome to the Jungle", and school administrators may have taken that theme a little bit too far.
Instagram Videos and tweets (most of which have been removed by the school's Instagram page) showed a caged live tiger being wheeled into the middle of the Miami schools' prom dance floor.
While school officials maintain that the experience was vetted by the Florida Fish and Wild Life Conservation, it's understandable that the internet is outraged at the thought of putting a wild and endangered animal in an environment where it's not only caged, but exposed to flashing lights, loud music, and a large number of people.
Christopher Columbus High School in Miami, FL abused an endangered tiger at its prom this Friday 🙏🏻 ☎️ & tell them it's not OK 305-223-5650— Arctic Friend (@FriendEden100) May 14, 2018
Shame on you, Christopher Columbus High School and Principal David Pugh, https://t.co/Sts9RHzfr1— LILLI (@lillianadee) May 14, 2018
Welcome to America where private schools can rent an endangered animal and put it in a cage, in a room full of screaming teenagers, and then defend it by saying the tiger wasn’t “forced to perform.” It would be Christopher Columbus High School https://t.co/X9WUA0iFZ5— brady hates TERFs (@brady374411331) May 14, 2018
Dear Christopher Columbus High School Principal,— Mark Hawthorne Ⓥ (@markhawthorne) May 14, 2018
Please write this 1,000 times on the chalkboard: “Animals do not belong in cages.”
Oh, and while we're here, please consider changing the name of your school.
In addition, students were offered the opportunity to take their prom photos with a wild fennec fox (which is not in question, as they are often brought into classroom settings).
Earlier today the principal of the school released a statement regarding the tiger.
May 14, 2018 As a school community, we regret the decision to have had live animals at our prom. This incident in no way reflects our school’s Marist values and/or accomplishments of our young men nor our sensitivity to animal rights. We will immediately evaluate our current policies and procedures regarding all school activities and events. We can assure the Columbus community and all who have expressed concern, that we are sorry. We have learned a great deal from this experience. David Pugh Principal, Christopher Columbus High School
What do you think? Was this WAY over the line?