ABC 7 News is reporting that the 15-year-old actress was caught vaping in the bathroom of Manhattan Avenues, the private school she attends. But that is not what got her in trouble. Actually, the fact that Ptacek hardly received any punishment at all is what got her involved in a lawsuit involving a 14-year-old classmate. Let's break it down so it's as easy to understand as an episode of Dora the Explorer.
A 14-year-old identified only as "M.S." and Ptacek were caught smoking out of a vaporizer in the bathroom of Manhattan Avenues World School, but M.S. was expelled while Ptacek was only given three days suspension. The lawsuit against the school claims "The fact that [Fatima Ptacek] 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". The lawsuit was filed by M.S.'s parents, Nadia Leonelli and Fredrik Sundwall.
Sundwall and Leonelli think that due to Ptacek's acting resume, she was given preferential treatment. According to their court filing, they are seeking $40,000 in damages and want their daughter reinstated back into the school. They also claim that M.S. has never been in trouble before, and only smoked the vape because she felt peer pressured to look "cool" in front of Ptacek (Dora would definitely argue that vaping is not cool). Looks like they found Dora to be a bad influence.
Neither Ptacek or Nickelodeon has commented on the controversy, and school representative Bruce Bobbin has only said that disciplinary matters are "private and confidential."