ATTLEBORO, Ma. (CNN) - A 17-year-old Massachusetts boy accused of threatening to shoot up his school will spend Christmas in jail.

The suspect was charged Monday for making the threat.

The North Attleborough High School student claims he was joking when he allegedly told police about his plan.

The teen will be held in jail for three days.

"I'm shocked that he is being held," said Maria Deaton, defense attorney for the teen suspect. "I'm a little outraged by the incident because it is my understanding that the school has had a problem with kids making, what they think is just jokingly making threats and he's being singled out for some reason."

Police said the suspect did not have access to guns.

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