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Despite 4chan prank, Taylor Swift gives a big prize to school for the deaf

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Here's one you may not have heard about yet: A Boston school for hearing-impaired students was disqualified from a contest touting a live Taylor Swift performance as its prize because it was nominated by the mean-spirited people at 4chan.org. You know, the Internet bulletin board responsible for basically every Internet meme you've ever seen.

The Boston Globe says 4chan trolls thought it would be funny this summer to nominate the Horace Mann School for the Deaf for the Taylor Swift on Campus Facebook contest, cosponsored by textbook company Chegg and Papa John's, because what could be more hilarious than having Swift sing for kids who can't hear? Tens of thousands voted for Horace Mann, but Swift and her cosponsors decided to disqualify the school because of how it was getting votes. Never mind the school's headmaster Jeremiah Ford said his students love live performances.

The good news is that while the other top five vote-getters were awarded $10,000 each (Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif., won out of the more than 14,000 schools competing), Swift personally gave Horace Mann $10,000 and a ticket to her next local concert for each of the 120 or so students. That $10k was matched by Chegg and Papa John's, plus Cover Girl and American Greetings. In addition to the $50,000, VH1's Save the Music program donated $10,000 in musical instruments to the school. Take that, all you 4chan jackwagons.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 1:31pm]

    

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