I remember the UK Dennis would torment "Walter the Softie" for no good reason! Like tying him up, or pouring itching powder down his back, that sort of thing. But it has been many many years since I read the Beano! :) Abusive comment hidden. (Show it anyway.)
If the writer of it is British then she lives in a totally different Britain to the rest of us (even allowing for the passage of time).