Throughout her entire childhood, Gwen was a something of a nerd. She was always the teacher's pet and active in just about every non-sporting extracurricular activity there was. However, this didn't always translate into social popularity, especially among the "in" crowds.
Things only became more awkward in high school. Despite being modestly attractive, her freshman year became especially brutal, as what used to be indifference from the popular kids turned into sometimes humiliating bullying. In particular, the school's cheerleading squad had always had a bit of a reputation of particularly mean and several members of the squad spared no effort in making Gwen's life miserable after she had tried out for the squad. She was never a good fit for it, but she wanted to improve her social standing and thought that would be a good way to start. Her bid failed and the resultant jealousy and bullying drove her to desire revenge on the squad before the school