Online trolls can be so mean, but Taylor Swift is doing something to counter them. The pop superstar who wrote the Mean song against bullies is donating money and concert tickets to a Boston school for the deaf victimized by online pranksters.
Accordingto the Associated Press, VH1's Save the Music program sponsored anonline contest among schools and colleges for an on-campus concert bySwift at the winning school. But Horace Mann School for the Deaf inBoston was disqualified because many of the votes were from jokers whothought it would be funny for a school for non-hearing students to win aconcert.
But that wasn't the end of it. Instead, every studentat the K-12 school will receive a ticket to Swift's next local concert.She and the contest sponsors also donated $50,000 to the school, andSave the Music donated $10,000 in musical instruments.
"Any kindof specific instrument that can be purchased to bring music alive forthese students will go a long way," says Boston Public Schools spokesmanMatt Wilder.
Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif., won thecontest for the on-campus concert and a $10,000 grant to its musicdepartment. Plus, four other schools also received grants: Seton HighSchool in Cincinnati; Terra Environmental Research Institute in Miami;Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, Calif.; and CaliforniaInstitute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif.
Swift is in the midst of promoting her fourth record, Red, due out Oct. 22. She's already sold more than 22 million records, and her last one, Speak Now, sold more than a million its first week out.