Mar 5, 2018, Charlotte, NC, WSOC—TV: 9 investigates special-needs students getting suspended at higher rates http://www.wsoctv.com/news/9-investigates/9-investigates-special-needs-students-getting-suspended-at-higher-rates/711357459 They’re some of the most vulnerable students in the classroom, but a sobering school discipline report showed that students with special needs are far more likely to be disciplined than others. Almost 1 out of 4 students suspended last school year had some kind of special need. Garry Ginyard’s 8-year-old son Jeremiah has autism. He is one of more than 14,000 students with special needs in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district who are in what is called the exceptional children, or EC, program. Ginyard said everything was going well until this year. “The first time he was suspended, he was suspended for two days for honking the horn on the bus,” Ginyard said. Since then, he said, Jeremiah has been suspended four more times. Ginyard feels that instead of helping him, the school is simply pushing Jeremiah aside.