Actress Fatima Ptacek allegedly got her friend expelled after they both smoked a vape in the bathroom of their school.
Dora got suspended for smoking in the girl’s room, court papers charge.
The teenage actress who is the voice behind “Dora the Explorer” got a girlfriend expelled from a private high school in Chelsea in December after persuading the younger teenager to try a water vaporizer pipe in the school bathroom.
Nadia Leonelli and Fredrik Sundwall in court papers say the teens and one other girl were vaping caramel flavored water — no drugs or tobacco — when they were tattled on by a senior at Avenues The World School.
However, only their 14-year-old daughter, identified as M.S., was forced to withdraw from the school where tuition runs $ 40,000 a year. Fatima Ptacek, 15, the voice behind Dora, got a three-day suspension, and the third girl was not disciplined at all.
The parents are suing the celeb-friendly Avenues, saying administrators were arbitrary and capricious and violated their own policies by forcing their daughter to withdraw.
The parents said both their daughter and Ptacek — “overwhelmed by fear” — initially denied the vaping charges when confronted on the afternoon of Dec. 10 about what happened in the girls’ bathroom.
However, they said, their daughter immediately confessed to them, saying she had succumbed to peer pressure and wanted to appear “cool” to Ptacek “because she is older than M.S. and is a celebrity, being the actress who does the voice of Dora the Explorer on television and having a movie nominated for the Oscars.”
The next day, court papers say, M.S. admitted the details to school administrators.
Fatima Ptacek, who does the voice of “Dora the Explorer,” was only suspended for three days after being caught with the vape.
Court papers say Ptacek did the same with a written “confession” where she says she got the vape pipe from a boy in her grade.
“At first, we didn’t know how to turn it on, but then we figured it out,” Ptacek is quoted as saying.
“We both sucked in from the vaporizer, but I was a little scared, so I didn’t inhale into my lungs but kept it in my mouth,” she wrote.
Court papers say the school has had to expel other students since it opened four years ago but those cases involved violence or serious drug use.
“The water vapor incident did not rise to that level of seriousness,” they said.
They said school officials told them they treated their daughter more harshly — even though she gave them the same account as Ptacek — because they found her not to be “trustworthy,” but refused to explain how.
Although their daughter is enrolled now in another private school, the parents want the courts to annul the disciplinary action, direct the school to enroll their daughter and award them unspecified monetary damages.
There was no immediate response from school officials.