School vice principal tosses beer on patrons after nasty dispute breaks out over transgender woman in bathroom

The vice principal of a New Jersey public school was captured on video throwing his beer on several patrons at a restaurant who filmed his wife complaining about a transgender female, a biological male, allegedly using the women’s restroom.

One clip of the rant depicts Michael Smurro, who is the vice principal of Neptune Middle School, in a back-and-forth with fellow customers at Ethel’s Lantern Light Restaurant and Tavern in Smithville, after his wife Lisa took umbrage with someone she described as a transgender female in the lady’s room.

“She’s a man, she was in the woman’s bathroom,” Lisa Smurro is seen telling a waitress. “She’s a man.”

A woman who was sitting nearby during the outdoor exchange asked Smurro to take her “hate” somewhere else, adding that she was behaving inappropriately in front of the other patrons, especially the children present.

“She’s a man,” Lisa Smurro continues to respond while holding what looks like a beer in one hand. “How are you okay with this? What is wrong with everybody?” she asked.

Moments later, Michael Smurro approached holding a beer and wearing a Superman t-shirt and joins in the fray, eventually tossing his drink at the woman lambasting them and taking video of the exchange.

“Here you go, pal,” says Michael Smurro, as he tossed his beer. “There you go. There you go.”

The couple then walked away with Michael Smurro appearing to challenge people to a fight.

“Now you can come out, now you can come out, come on,” he said. “That’s what I thought, as soon we went there, you’d be zero. That’s what I thought. I’m right here.”

Following the exchange, one patron at the eatery and tavern accused Michael Smurro of assault and pressed other patrons to call the police.

Later, according to, which was the first outlet to report the incident, a restaurant manager came out and dismissed the idea of calling police.

“She literally just started going off, loud as hell, without cause,” said the woman who filmed the rant in an interview with the outlet.

Some of the beer Michael Smurro threw hit the woman’s boyfriend, who was sitting next to her. Some of the beverage also hit a table where a child was dining, according to the woman who only identified as Carrie.

“It was overall a completely disgusting experience,” she recounted. “[Michael Smurro] assaulted a table with a child at it. He should not be working with children. His wife should especially be far, far away from children.”

But Lisa Smurro told the website that she and her husband were sitting and having a private conversation when Carrie began taking video of them. “This all began because somebody was in a bathroom that they shouldn’t have been in,” Lisa Smurro told the outlet. “He, she, whatever it was that day, it came into the women’s bathroom that they shouldn’t have.”

Officials at the Neptune Township School District are reportedly investigating the incident, according to a statement.

“This event is troubling as its perception potentially threatens the social-emotional well-being and climate of belonging that our Neptune School District community represents,” said Superintendent Dr. Tami Crader, noting further that officials are “taking this matter seriously.”

Michael Smurro has since apologized for his actions and his wife’s behavior.

“I do not condone violence or discrimination of any kind and should have simply walked away,” he told the Associated Press earlier this week.

“I apologize to the person I threw my beer at and wish I hadn’t done so. I apologize to anyone I offended.”


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