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|“||Just get the f--k out and don’t come back. Some heavy s--t’s going down.||„|
|~ Alex warning John to leave before the massacre.|
Alex, along with Eric, is one of the main villains in the 2003 drama film Elephant, which is a retelling of the infamous 1999 Columbine High School massacre.
Alex is a student at Watt High School. He is a typical “quiet kid” who is bullied very often. One day, he orders guns online, and once he receives them, he makes a plan with his friend Eric to bomb the school and shoot and kill all the survivors. He makes out with Eric in the shower, the first and only kiss either has ever had, and they head off to school to carry out their plan. As they enter the school, Alex warns the one classmate he can stand to leave, and then tells Eric to "have fun".
When they fail to detonate their bombs, they go with plan B, which is to simply shoot everyone in sight. They enter a library and gun down as many people as they can before moving on to the rest of the school and continuing their massacre. Alex and Eric meet in the cafeteria, and while Eric is in the middle of listing all the people he killed, Alex shoots him and finds two other students hiding in a freezer. He sadistically chooses which student to kill through a game of “eenie meenie miney mo”, and the movie ends before we find out which person he kills.
It is unknown what happens to Alex afterwards, but given the fate of most school shooters, it is very unlikely that he makes it out of the school alive. Even if he did, he likely got imprisoned and executed for both the shooting and the attempted bombing.
Alex, despite using the torment he suffered at the hands of the bullies, is nothing more than a heartless sadist who revels in causing harm. While he claims to want to kill his classmates because they bully him, he really just wants to kill as many people as he can. He admires Adolf Hitler, and watches videos of Nazi rallies. All of this makes him stand-out from most child villains as he shows a clear understanding between right and wrong despite his young age.
Despite being a victim of bullies, Alex is a bully himself, dominating the less intelligent Eric; it is implied that the massacre was Alex's idea, and that he manipulated Eric into going along.