Cruel Instruction stars Camryn Manheim (The Practice, Law & Order), Cynthia Bailey (The Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Housewives Of The North Pole), Kelcey Mawema (To All The Boys movie franchise, The Babysitters Club), Morgan Taylor Campbell (Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, Caught In His Web), and Viv Leacock (When Calls The Heart, Hailey Dean Mysteries).
Stanley M. Brooks directed this movie, from a script written by Adrienne Rush.
Do you know what happens at youth residential treatment centers?
What Is Lifetime’s Cruel Instruction About?
According to The Futon Critic, Cruel Instruction tells the story of 16-year-old Kayla Adams (Mawema). After Kayla is expelled from school, her mother, Karen Adams (Bailey) is advised by the school’s counselor to send Kayla to get treatment at a youth residential treatment center.
Immediately, Kayla arrives at the Utah facility on the same day as her roommate Amanda (Campbell). She is a treatment program veteran. Unlike Kayla, Amanda knows exactly what the girls were in for.
The facility is led by headmistress Miss Connie (Manheim). At the center, the staff uses draconian methods. Those methods include force-feeding medications, arbitrary punishments, solitary confinement, as well as verbal and physical abuse to keep the students in line.
Pretty soon, the girls have no way of freely communicating with the outside world. Now the girls have been pushed to their limits and stripped of their lifelines.
Moreover, the two young women must band together to survive and fight to expose the abuse before it’s too late.
When Can You Watch Lifetime’s Cruel Instruction?
Cruel Instruction premieres on Saturday, March 12, at 8 p.m., Eastern time, on the Lifetime Channel.
Beyond The Headlines: Cruel Instruction
Immediately following the movie, Lifetime will air a special Beyond the Headlines: Cruel Instruction. This documentary features interviews with treatment program survivors.
In addition, the documentary will highlight the allegations of abuse in this under-regulated industry. Moreover, they will also educate viewers on the PTSD and anxiety that many survivors continue to live with.
Lifetime has also announced their partnership with Breaking Code Silence. This organization is a survivor-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is the culmination of a decades-long movement against institutional child abuse.
Cynthia Bailey Talked About ‘Troubled Teen Industry’
Cynthia Bailey went to Instagram to talk about her new Lifetime movie, Cruel Instruction.
I am so excited for you all to meet “Karen” in @lifetimetv’s new movie “Cruel Instruction” airing March 12 at 8pm EST.
This story is inspired by actual events relating to the “troubled teen industry.” With over 50,000 teens sent annually to under-regulated behavior modification facilities, Lifetime has partnered with the nonprofit organization Breaking Code Silence to shine a light on the abusive practices of teen residential treatment programs.
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Don’t miss the premiere of Lifetime’s Ripped From The Headlines movie Cruel Instruction on Saturday, March 12, at 8 p.m., Eastern.