Fatima Ptacek
Actress Fatima Ptacek attends Nickelodeon's 28th Annual Kids' Choice Awards held at The Forum on March 28, 2015 in Inglewood, California. Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Looks like Nickelodeon’s “Dora the Explorer” is all grown up. Turns out 15-year-old actress Fatima Ptacek who voices the bilingual character, got into some trouble at her private high school Manhattan's Avenues: The World School a few months ago. Ptacek was allegedly caught vaping “caramel flavored water” with a friend in the bathroom, and while the substance wasn’t so much the problem, the way the school handled things was.

After the incident, Ptacek’s friend’s parents filed a lawsuit against the high school for expelling their daughter, while the actress was given special treatment on account of her fame, by only getting suspended for three days. The parents claim their daughter (referred to as M.S.) was only trying to “look cool” in front of Ptacek and ended up being the one taking the consequences.

While the legal papers only use the actress’s initials, they refer to her work as the character’s voice. “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,” says the lawsuit by the parents, Nadia Leonelli and Fredrik Sundwall.

The court filling states that the two parents are asking the school to pay $40,000 in damages to cover legal fees and tuition payments

Both Ptacek’s reps and the school spokesman Bruce Bobbin declined to comment on the matter. Bobbin says the school’s disciplinary measures are strictly “private and confidential.”

When we say Dora the explorer is all grown up, it’s because Ptacek voiced the initial title role from 2012-2015 and is now voicing a more grown-up version of voiced in the spinoff "Dora and Friends: Into the City!" which began in 2014. “It’s nice to have her feel more like myself and her naturally loving more of the things I like to do,” the actress told Fox News Latino.

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