Boston deaf school gets Swift tickets after prank

Taylor Swift poses backstage with the award for entertainer of the year at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 1, 2012 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
October 2, 2012 10:07:29 AM PDT
Taylor Swift is giving $10,000 and concert tickets to a Boston school for the deaf after a prank involving an online contest promising an on-campus performance by the Grammy-winning singer.

Horace Mann School for the Deaf in Boston was disqualified from the contest because many of the votes were from Internet pranksters who thought it would be funny for a school for the deaf to win tickets to a live concert.

The Boston Globe reports that instead, Swift and contest sponsors will donate a combined $50,000 to the school, and VH1's Save the Music program will donate $10,000 in musical instruments.

Swift says every student at the school will receive a ticket to her next local concert.

Principal Jeremiah Ford tells the newspaper: "Are we the winner? Absolutely."


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