TOMS RIVER - A proposed policy regarding the bathroom and locker room use of transgender students in Toms River has prompted the creation of a petition by some residents.

The policy was proposed at a board of education meeting in December. If approved, the new policy would allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms of the opposite biological sex. 

Bayville resident Shawn Hyland started an online petition and says that the Toms River congregants of his Christian ministry called "Move the Earth" oppose the policy.

"I really feel this policy puts the safety and privacy of children at risk, including the transgender children,” he says. "Lots of young people are already telling their parents they're not comfortable with the situation."

The Toms River Regional Schools superintendent says that the district's policy consultant and legal counsel are in the process of working on the policy to ensure "the proper education, safety, privacy and healthy development of all students, including transgender students."

Hyland does not have any children in the Toms River school district. About 144 people have signed the petition.

The proposed policy is expected to be discussed at the Feb. 10 board of education meeting.