A Florida high school took a “Welcome to the Jungle” prom theme a bit too far by featuring wild animals, including a real, live tiger in a cage.
What did people say?
“[T]his poor tiger was used as an EXOTIC amusement for the mindless teenagers who were present,” said Marie-Christine Castellanos, whose brother attended the prom held by Christopher Columbus High School in Miami-Dade. She slammed the prom’s menagerie in a Facebook post, asking, “DID THIS TIGER ASK TO ATTEND PROM (sic)?”
Ron Magill, curator for ZooMiami told the Miami Herald that the tiger was “obviously distressed.”
“The tiger is clearly looking for a way to get out of that situation, it’s not difficult to interpret that behavior,” he said.
How did the school respond?
The display also included two macaws and an African fennec fox. In a statement, the school said that two police officers were present at the event, and handlers accompanied the animals. The school said the tiger “was not forced to perform” and spent most of the event “lying down in a relaxed state.”
On today’s show, Doc joked that he was OK with high school students being called “mindless teenagers,” but he pointed out that the grammatical errors in the outraged Facebook post showed Castellanos didn’t seem to have the same passion for education.