Boston deaf school gets Swift tickets after prank

Posted: 10/02/12 at 1:50 pm EDT      Last Updated: 10/02/12 at 6:49 pm EDT

BOSTON (WHDH) -- Taylor Swift is giving $10,000 and concert tickets to the Horace Mann School for the Deaf after a prank involving an online contest promising an on-campus performance by the Grammy-winning singer.

The school 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. They apparently thought they were being funny sending a pop star to a school for deaf children. But, it backfired and turned into something pretty amazing.

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 is giving every student tickets to her next show in Boston.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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