Man accused of killing eight students at a Henan school claims his privacy was violated The man arrested on suspicion of killing eight students in Henan said he committed the murders because the students had violated his privacy, China News Service reported The murders on Thursday have left the city of Ruzhou in shock. The official media has been slow to release information about the killings. Xinhua said late on Friday that police had arrested Yan Yanming and said he was responsible for the killings at the Ruzhou No2 Secondary School. Four pupils were wounded in the attack. China News Service said that according to his confession, Yan said he killed the students for 'one simple reason'. 'Students of the No2 Secondary School can see everything of Yan's home from their dormitories,' the agency said. '[Yan] believed his privacy had been violated. He hated the students and he used a 50cm-long sharp knife as the murder weapon.' Yan, 21, was turned in by his mother on Friday after a failed suicide bid, according to Xinhua. Police in Ruzhou, 200km southwest of the provincial capital Zhengzhou , and the school refused to comment yesterday. The lack of information has fuelled anxiety among residents. 'We local people are horrified to learn about the bloody murders,' said a man who lives near the school. 'Tension was eased a bit after we learned that the suspect has been arrested. 'Now we are eager to know the motive behind the murders. The public has the right to know.' Beijing Youth Daily - one of the few newspapers which commented on the murders - said the Ruzhou case and other recent campus crimes were dangerous signals. 'The most heartbreaking thing is our education system is not prepared to tackle this problem, so every attack has led to horrific results,' its editorial said. In September Beijing ordered all schools to overhaul security and check the qualifications of staff after a series of violent crimes in kindergartens, secondary schools and universities. But an order from the Ministry of Education for the establishment of an all-round safety protection system for schools has not been followed properly. There were little reports of the Ruzhou murders on news portals based in Henan. The media silence apparently reflected the tight control provincial authorities exerts over politically and socially sensitive news. 'It's obvious that media control in Henan is tougher than in other provinces, as the local authorities would not want to see Henan being demonised over such serious crimes,' one message posted on an internet chat room said.