Most of us on this board have been bullied at some time or another in our life. However, the differance for students today, versus 15 or 20+ years ago is technology.
It's not just being teased on the playground for being (fill in the blank with whatever reason a bully can come up with); it is an incessent barrage of negative messages through texts, email, facebook, twitter, Google+, etc.
Bullies now have the technology and abilities to send a message 24 hours a day that "You are a hated and despised human being, and your life is worth nothing."
This is really not a good excuse. If you allow people who bully you to know your e-mail address (and keep in mind you must choose to click "open" on an e-mail to read its contents), to have your cell-phone number, to be friends with you on Facebook, to follow you on Twitter, and be in your Google+ network, you have a serious problem. You evidently enjoy being bullied or are in the same situation as the woman who refuses to leave her abusive husband because "he really is a good man at heart."
Technology of the last decade very, very, very rarely permits a bully to have any extra time to torment you, unless you let it. Bullies find out your e-mail address and won't leave you alone? Change it. Bullies contact you on Facebook? Report them and unfriend them. Bullies physically intimidating and/or threatening you? Contact police.
Bullying laws are unnecessary and will do no good. If people would simply enforce existing laws (like the ones that say "Hey, it's not a good idea to move your fist at 20 MPH toward that gay guy's face") then we would not have serious bullying (of course, mocking of other children would still go on - but it always will, forever, and ever, and there's nothing you can ever do about it). Anti-bullying laws will only wind up getting people in trouble when they've really done nothing wrong, at all.
For instance, when I was in, I believe, the sixth grade, there was another child with whom I would regularly get into verbal name calling. This was not really bullying, however, because it was merely an extension of debates and disagreements we would have. We did not take to heart what the other called us, nor were we ever hurt in some emotional and mental way over this. However, there was one time when - because of the district's anti-bullying policies - we were both called to the Vice-Principal's office. It took probably an hour to convince her that neither one of us really needed to be in trouble because neither one of us felt bullied.
With the rise of anti-bullying laws, people will get in legal trouble who should not be. What we need to do is to enforce existing laws.