CHARLESTON, W.Va. - State senators unanimously a passed bill on Tuesday to allow a certain high school mascot to carry a deadly weapon.
Senate members passed S.B. 421 to allow Parkersburg South High School's mascot, the Patriot, to carry a musket while acting in an official capacity.
Sen. Randy Nohe, R-Wood, stood before the vote to speak in favor of the bill.
"The Patriot mascot and the replica Revolutionary-period musket have been a tradition at Parkersburg South for nearly half a century," he said.Nohe said the state motto dictates "Mountaineers are always free" and suggested patriots should be afforded the same rights. He said if the bill is passed, "this musket will never be silenced again."