Girl Says She Was Kicked Out of School After Being Peer-Pressured Into Vaping by Dora the Explorer

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Fatima Ptacek. Photo: Brian Killian/WireImage for LARAS
Fatima Ptacek. Photo: Brian Killian/WireImage for LARAS

Looks like even Dora the Explorer is just as chill with a vape pen as Mr. Vaping Senator, Duncan Hunter.

Fifteen-year-old Fatima Ptacek, who voices Dora, was suspended for three days after using her vape pen at her private school in December 2015, reports the AP.

But turns out a little cartoon star power might go a long way; while Ptacek only had a few days’ punishment, her peer was forced out of the private school, Manhattan’s Avenues: The World School, after she was caught for the same act. The student’s parents took the case to a State Supreme Court, saying Ptacek’s celeb status might be the reason for her free pass.

In their lawsuit, the parents are asking for their daughter to be reinstated in school, as well as $40,000 in damages. The lawsuit identifies the two girls only by their initials:

“The fact that F.P. is a known actress for being the voice of Dora Explorer may have played a role in why she was ultimately not expelled even after the school threatened as much, and M.S. was expelled instead as a scapegoat.”

We look forward to watching Dora use her trusty map to navigate the legal system in the show’s next episode.

Even Dora the Explorer Vapes