Deaf school gets Taylor Swift tickets after online prank

Deaf school gets Taylor Swift tickets after online prank
This Nov. 22, 2011 file photo shows singer Taylor Swift performing at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
BOSTON (AP) - 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."