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Classmate of Child Voice Actor from Dora the Explorer Expelled for Vaping

Dora the explorer smokes a vape pen in a school bathroomIf you’ve ever sat down and watched tv with a kid, you’re probably aware that Dora is an explorer. She doesn’t just explore, though, she also makes friends, helps mutant animals, and takes an active interest in law enforcement. Dora is a role model. Kids (are supposed to) look up to her. You know this. I know this.

Unfortunately, the public opinion of Dora might suffer due to the girl behind the explorer: child voice actress Fatima Ptacek. This is due to the fact that her school is now facing a lawsuit from the parents of a recently expelled student, who claim their daughter was actually the victim of an allegedly degenerate classmate: Dora the Expl— Fatima Ptacek.

 Exploring the Vape Life

“Vape life, dude.” Maybe that’s something Fatima would say. Yes, the girl who voices a role model of children everywhere has officially began her transformation into the most contemptible human form — god help us all, Dora is a teen. Which is obvious if you know her age (fourteen), but there’s a big difference between being a teen and being a teen.

Anyways, here’s what happened, presented via quotes from the court documents. Keep in mind that the kids’ names are condensed to initials and also that we don’t know the name of the victim, only the Dora. It was December 10, 2015…

“M.S. was approached by her friend, F.P., who is a year older in 10th grade at Avenues, to go into the bathroom and try smoking flavored water vapor in a ‘vape’ pen that F.P. had borrowed from a fellow 10th grade classmate. […] M.S. was reluctant to try but gave in to peer pressure, wanting to appear ‘cool’ in front of F.P. 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.”

There it is: peer pressure. That old devil. Who knows if the judge for this case will find ‘peer pressure’ to be acceptable grounds for damages in a civil suit, but either way, it’s understandable that M.S.’s parents would make her case this way. Even though both M.S. and F.P. are guilty of the vape life, only one of them got expelled for it.

Playing the Celebrity Card

Peer pressure + celebrity card = winning case. That seems to be the plan of M.S.’s parents Nadio Leonelli and Fredrik Sundwall. They want justice, in the form of reparations towards their child.

Because while M.S. was told to pack up her desk and leave Avenues, Fatima Ptacek only landed a three-day suspension. And that’s literally a crazy disparity! If she’s getting punished, then that means the school knows she was involved. It’s not like M.S. committed some wildly unacceptable crime compared to Ptacek — they’re both guilty of pretty much the same thing, except one of them dragged the other into it. Does it really make sense that the original offender, who also recruited her accomplice, gets three days while the other gets life?

Keep in mind that this school costs $40 grand a year. Nadia Leonelli and Fredrik Sundwall know this all too well, since they helped found the friggin school and everything. Oh, and because they’d already paid the full year’s worth of tuition, which, by the way, has not been refunded. Stack that atop the upwards of $10 grand the couple has paid thus far in legal fees just for this case, and you get a sum that’s reasonably easy to cringe over.

That’s yet another reason why they’re fighting so hard. It’s not just the injustice of Fatima Ptarek’s celebrity shielding her while throwing their daughter under the bus. They want their money back.

Civil Suits and Money, Money, Money

If you think being stressed out enough to file a lawsuit seeking damages for a grievance seems shitty, try being that stressed out while egregious chunks of your income vanish in regular intervals. The courtroom is an expensive place. When you’re filing a civil suit, you’re going to want to make sure all the gritty details are covered if you want to ensure that the parade of bad vibes and dizzying fines is as short-lived as possible.

At Turner Law Offices, P.C., our team of attorneys has years of experience working with clients across a wide range of cases related to civil grievances. If you’re the victim in a situation not unlike Dora’s, it’s important that you proceed cautiously when attempting to pursue a civil suit — because that process gets expensive fast. The first step is always to secure trustworthy legal representation, so that a satisfactory resolution is reached as swiftly as possible. Call today, or go online to set up your free initial consultation, and meet with a skilled lawyer who’s ready and waiting to get you on track toward the justice you deserve.

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