Walter wasn't cool. All the cool kids seemed to attract the girls. Walter really wanted to be that kid, but the more he tried, the more he seemed to fail. When Walter was in the 6th grade he thought if he put a thumb tack on a girl's seat, all the cool kids would appreciate him all the more. The opposite happened, they ALL laughed and had no problem turning him in as the culprit. Instead of being sent to the principal, Walter was made an example of how not to be cool by the teacher.