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The homeroom teacher of a 12-year-old elementary school student suspected of murdering a 4-year-old child in Nagasaki noted in teaching records that he was “emotionally unstable,” informed sources said Saturday.

The junior high school student transferred from a private elementary school in Nagasaki to the public school when he was in the second grade.

A number of people said he subsequently displayed “peculiar” behavior, the sources said.

The elementary school recorded his emotional problems because he sometimes had arguments with teachers and he would leave the classroom without permission.

The student told lawyers Friday that he was unaware of his own actions when he pushed Shun Tanemoto off the roof of an eight-story car park July 1.

The student, who cannot be named or held criminally responsible as he is under 14, is being held at a special juvenile facility in Nagasaki.