Christopher Columbus High School held their annual event at the DoubleTree Hotel at Miami International Airport on Friday night, with organisers bringing in a special "treat" to embrace the "Welcome to the Jungle" theme.
One student's sibling was quick to blast the zoolike atmosphere as "animal cruelty", calling it a "mindless" move that put the tiger in "misery". "The reason he's pacing up and down, up and down, with his tail going and his ears all folded back, is showing you distress".
Castellanos also shared that her mother did not appreciate that the $200 she had spent for prom brought this kind of attraction and that her brother, anxious that the tiger was uncomfortable being put on display, was also unwilling to come forward fearing reprisals from the school.
It read: "Some individuals have expressed their sentiments about the use of animals as part of a performance at prom". The video of the caged tiger at the vent surfaced online and since then the school has received some major backlash.
"Why didn't anyone open the cage and see what would happen to these "brave and courageous fire performers?'" Castellanos" post continued. In a statement, the school said that two police officers were present at the event, and handlers accompanied the animals.
Alongside the giant cat in the iron cage was a lemur, two macaws, and an African fennec fox, school officials confirmed in a statement.
The school also released a statement defending the cruel act. Exploiting animal for entertainment at parties - that time has passed. The Catholic school principal went on to say, "This decision in no way reflects the Marist values, teachings of the Catholic Church and/or the accomplishments of our young and that of our distinguished alumni".
"That's what we call helicopter mode", Magill said. By their mere existence they bless him and give him glory.
Since his first days as pope, Pope Francis has taken a firm stance on the environment, declaring that the abuse of nature is a sin.
A prom night is a special and memorable event for any student.