York City Police are investigating an allegation of student abuse at the Goode K-8 school.

In a letter to parents dated March 21, the school's principal said the person suspected of abusive behavior has been banned from all district buildings.

"The parents of those students alleged to have been involved in this incident have already been contacted," Robert James wrote in the letter.

The suspect, who has not been identified publicly, is not a teacher, Police Chief Wes Kahley said Thursday.

Kahley said he did not know if the person is employed by the district.

District Superintendent Eric Holmes said he could not comment on the investigation "until we have more information."

Holmes would not identify the person's role at Goode. The letter to parents also does not identify the person or the person's role with the district.

James' letter urges parents not to listen to "rumors in the community or social media" but to contact the school administration or city police with questions or concerns.

Kahley stopped short of calling the alleged behavior "abuse."

He said "inappropriate behavior" is a better description of the allegations, but he declined to elaborate.

"We don't know at this time exactly what all did and did not occur," Kahley said.

The investigation started about a week ago, Kahley said. Because children are potential victims, interviews are being handled by specialists, he said.

"There's multiple students that we're speaking to to determine if they were victims or not," Kahley said. "With crimes against children, there's a longer process that we go through."

- Reach Erin James at ejames@yorkdispatch.com.