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Thanks to Taylor Swift, Horace Mann School for the Deaf prevails over Internet boors

There’s usually a wide gulf between the harrowing stories of Internet bullying and the gentle fairy tales in songs performed by the pop singer Taylor Swift. Fortunately for the students at one Boston high school, an episode that started out as the former — a mean-spirited online prank — recently ended up as the latter — a dream come true — because of a generous intervention by Swift herself.

The incident started when users of the popular websites 4chan and Reddit started a misguided campaign to nominate the Horace Mann School for the Deaf in Allston to win a Facebook contest that boasted a grand prize of an in-school concert performed by the popular teenage singer. What made the jokers’ prank “funny” was the assumption that deaf people can’t enjoy live music.

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