You do realize that Myers is depicting a bully winning?
What he should have done is shown Gaylord doing his best to hammer her into the ground. Bullies are lazy cowards, (they’re also born, not made) so the best thing you can do is to make it too difficult, or impossible, for them to pick on you.
A lesson learned later than it should have been, but once learned always used. (The pounding into the ground part can be metaphorical.)