With all the talk about bullying, you'd think a prank like this wouldn't happen: Some trolls from 4Chan decided to pull a cruel prank on a Boston school for the deaf. The cruel jokesters purposefully inflated the votes to put the school in the lead to win a concert from Taylor Swift.
The Horace Man School for the Deaf ended up at the top of the leaderboard when the contest ended last month, but sponsors Papa John's and textbook rental company Chegg decided to disqualify the school from the contest.
The students are getting the last laugh, though. Papa John's and Chegg donated $10,000 each to the school's music program, followed by another $10K each from Cover Girl, Hallmark and Swift herself.
The girlfriend of Conor Kennedy also promised tickets to the students for her next concert in the city.
"Are we the winner? Absolutely," Horace Mann principal Jeremiah Ford told The Boston Globe.
We're glad this story has a happy ending, but it's hard the first time the singer has done something positive for her fans.
The Perfect Prom Date
The blond country singer is no doubt at the top of man teen boys' lists for their dream prom date. Most of those boys' dreams will go unanswered, but that didn't stop New Jersey student Kevin McGuire from asking.
Her response? She couldn't go, but she invited him to go to the Academy of Country Music Awards.
Sadly, McGuire was hospitalized with complications from cancer and couldn't go.
"Just talked to Kevin McGuire," she tweeted in April. "He's not well enough to join me at the ACMs. Please keep him in your thoughts. I'll make it up to you, Kevin!"
In Memory of Ronan
Swift again honored one of her fans -- 3-year-old Ronan Thompson - at the "Stand Up to Cancer" telethon in September. The 22-year-old singer debuted the song "Ronan" in honor of the toddler who died earlier this year from neuroblastoma.
The singer was visibly moved while performing the song she wrote, wiping away tears as she left the stage.
Ronan's parents were very touched by the gesture.
"Thank you, Taylor, for seeing the beauty in my child and falling in love with him so much so, that you wrote him a song," Maya Thompson wrote on her blog after the performance. "You are simply amazing. I know he is so proud of you and your heart."
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