Although the school tried to provide a certain ambiance and theme for their dance, it appears that it was only concerned with following protocol, and didn't think through the implications of a live tiger in a loud and crowded event.
Student Marie Christine Castellanos' brother attended the prom.
"It is not the [students'] fault to be so naive BUT it's the CCHS staff who arranged this event", Castellanos wrote, adding: "They are responsible for the tiger's misery".
The school and hotel both approved the caged tiger for the event, but instead of pleasing the crowd, caused outrage.
"Wild animals are not amusement props, they are sentient creatures with complex physical, mental and environmental needs who deserve to be treated with dignity and respect", Higgins said, adding: "None of these can be met by a silly prom stunt, but I'm heartened that numerous students seem to have realised that this tiger didn't deserve the stress of providing their amusement".
Miami's Christopher Columbus High School hosted its annual prom last Friday at the Double Tree by Hilton Miami Airport and Convention Center, but received backlash from some who believed that having the animal there for entertainment purposes was equivalent to animal abuse.
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Ron Magill, curator for ZooMiami told the Miami Herald that the tiger was "obviously distressed". "They don't like the fire, the cages, the music the teenagers with the cameras", Castellanos told WFOR-Ch.
A state judge said Tuesday she'll rule on the legality of Louisiana's big cat ban after hearing arguments from attorneys for the state, an ani... "He was surrounded by people, cell phones, lights, jugglers juggling fire".
An earlier statement from the school said the animals were provided by facilities that are licensed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
"These animals are not entertainment", she said.
School officials said students walking in could take photos with the fox, lemur and other exotic animals.
It also said the tiger was displayed for a few minutes and was never harmed or in any danger.